CNC Operator

What They Do

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

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Set up, program, operate, or tend computerized or manual woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, or wood-nailing machines.

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Examine finished workpieces for smoothness, shape, angle, depth-of-cut, or conformity to specifications and verify dimensions, visually and using hands, rules, calipers, templates, or gauges.

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Start machines, adjust controls, and make trial cuts to ensure that machinery is operating properly.

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Education

High school diploma/GED or no high school diploma/GED usually needed

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Median Income

$29,110

Skills Needed

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Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements

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Talking to others

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Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities Needed

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Hand and finger use

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Hold or move items with your hands

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Keep your arm or hand steady

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Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat

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Use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down

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