Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing

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What do they do?

Set up, operate, or tend woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and wood nailing machines. May operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment.

Also known as:

Boring Machine Operator, Cabinet Maker, Grader, Knot Saw Operator, Laminator, Lathe Operator, Machine Operator, Machine Sander, Machine Setter, Molder Operator, Planer Operator, Router Operator, Sander, Sander Operator, Tenon Operator

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 4%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #20 in job growth rate
  • 370

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #10 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0%)
  • Master's degree (0.1%)
  • Bachelor's degree (3.3%)
  • Associate's degree (5.2%)
  • Some college, no degree (21%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (47.9%)
  • Less than high school diploma (22.5%)

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operations Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
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People in this career often have talent in:

  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Operate woodworking equipment.
  • Conduct test runs of production equipment.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed.
  • Inspect lumber or raw woodstock.
  • Set equipment controls to meet cutting specifications.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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