Woodworking Machine Operators

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Woodworking Machine Operators

Woodworking Machine Operators - Skills and Abilities

Woodworking machine operators need to:


  • Understand spoken information.
  • Speak clearly so listeners can understand.

Reason and Problem Solve

  • Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.
  • Concentrate and not be distracted while performing a task.
  • Use reasoning to discover answers to problems.
  • Develop rules that group items in various ways.
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  • Analyze ideas and use logic to determine their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Follow guidelines to arrange objects or actions in a certain order.

Manage Oneself, People, Time, and Things

  • Check how well one is learning or doing something.

Work with Things

  • Watch gauges, dials, and output to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operate and control equipment.
  • Inspect and evaluate the quality of products.
  • Determine the causes of technical problems and find solutions for them.
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  • Maintain equipment on a routine basis. Determine when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Perceive and Visualize

  • Imagine how something will look if it is moved around or its parts are rearranged.
  • Quickly and accurately compare letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns.
  • Identify a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in distracting material.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.