• Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
  • Manufacturing
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 34,320
    $25,840 range bar $45,800
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
    Image of growth rate score 4
    Fast Growing
  • Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders set up, operate, or tend woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and wood nailing machines.

What do they typically do

  • Operate or tend computerized or manual woodworking machines
  • Start machines, adjust controls, and make trial cuts to ensure that machinery is operating properly
  • Use hand tools to change alignment and adjustment of sanding, cutting, or boring machine guides to prevent defects in finished products
  • Adjust machine tables or cutting devices, and set controls on machines to produce specified cuts or operations
  • Select knives, saws, blades, cutter heads, cams, bits, or belts according to workpiece, machine functions, or product specifications
  • Feed stock through feed mechanisms or conveyors into planing, shaping, boring, mortising, or sanding machines to produce desired components
  • Monitor operation of machines and make adjustments to correct problems and ensure conformance to specifications
  • Inspect pulleys, drive belts, guards, or fences on machines to make sure that machines will operate safely

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +1.2%
Job Openings 548

Job Listings

Select a region/location in North Carolina to begin your search.
View available jobs

Education & Training

  • Education

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
    Associated Programs or Majors
    • NA
Private Training Programs

First Step

Find out where to start your new journey. Get started

Next Step

Find out what's next in line on your career journey. Get started
Change 486