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About the job
Cut, shape, and assemble wooden articles or set up and operate a variety of woodworking machines, such as power saws, jointers, and mortisers to surface, cut, or shape lumber or to fabricate parts for wood products.
What you'll do
- Apply Masonite, formica, or vinyl surfacing materials.
- Bore holes for insertion of screws or dowels, by hand or using boring machines.
- Design furniture, using computer-aided drawing programs.
- Dip, brush, or spray assembled articles with protective or decorative finishes, such as stain, varnish, paint, or lacquer.
- Discuss projects with customers, and draw up detailed specifications.
- Estimate the amounts, types, or costs of needed materials.
- Install hardware, such as hinges, handles, catches, or drawer pulls, using hand tools.
- Perform final touch-ups with sandpaper or steel wool.
- Program computers to operate machinery.
- Repair or alter wooden furniture, cabinetry, fixtures, paneling, or other pieces.
Things you need to know
- Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
- Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
- Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Abilities you'll need to have
- Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
- Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
- Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.