• Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
  • Manufacturing
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 30,250
    $21,720 range bar $44,500
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Slow 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 -0.1%
Job Opening 990

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Education & Training

  • Education

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
    Associated Programs or Majors
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