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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9437 Occupation: Woodworking machine operators
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Woodworking machine operators set up, program and operate one or more woodworking machines to fabricate or repair wooden parts for furniture, fixtures or other wood products. They are employed in furniture, fixture and other wood products manufacturing establishments. Woodworking machine operators set up, program and operate one or more woodworking machines to fabricate or repair wooden parts for furniture, fixtures or other wood products. They are employed in furniture, fixture and other wood products manufacturing establishments.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2

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  • Read notices from supervisors about safety regulations. (1)
  • Read work orders for information on job specifications. (1)
  • Read accident reports to see how accidents could have been prevented. (2)
  • Read instructions attached to machines, such as drill machines. (2)
  • Read procedures, such as emergency evacuation and lockout procedures. (2)
  • Read bulletins about quality issues. (2)
  • Read equipment manuals to learn how to maintain and repair machines. (3)
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  • Write entries in a log to record what happened during the shift. (1)
  • Write reminder notes of tasks to be completed, such as noting pieces which need to be recut. (1)
  • Record minutes of safety meetings, using a standard format. (2)
  • Complete down-time reports to explain the cause of delays, such as a blade needing sharpening. (2)
  • Complete purchase orders for new equipment. (2)
  • Revise terms of reference for committees, such as the safety committee, integrating new information into an existing text. (3)
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Document Use
  • Fill in equipment logs when doing maintenance checks. (1)
  • Read tags on pallets to determine product, wood species and number. (1)
  • Read lists, such as cutting lists which specify the materials to be cut and the type of cuts to be made. (1)
  • Record information on tags for quality control purposes, such as the size of the lumber, the date, the wood species and the run number. (1)
  • Refer to bar graphs showing safety information or daily production for each shift. (2)
  • Complete tally sheets and record output information in tables. (2)
  • Complete forms, such as purchase orders and production forms which record start and finish times, run numbers and shift information. (2)
  • Read work orders for information on what is to be cut or trimmed. (2)
  • Read labels on glue containers, giving mixing instructions and mentioning hazards. (2)
  • Recognize angles in order to cut pieces of wood at the appropriate angle. (2)
  • Refer to sketches for dimensions when cutting customized wood pieces. (2)
  • Read assembly drawings when repairing equipment, such as bandsaws. (3)
  • Refer to blueprints for information on log cutting measurements. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer-controlled equipment. For example, operate machines, such as a chop saw or a moulding machine, from a computerized console. (1)
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Oral Communication
  • Contact suppliers regarding products or equipment. (1)
  • Interact with foremen to clarify schedules and tasks. (1)
  • Talk to co-workers to discuss such subjects as the use of materials, machine problems and how to deal with defective wood. (2)
  • Communicate with helpers to give instructions, co-ordinate work and check on progress. (2)
  • Talk to customers to provide information about the progress of their order or to explain procedures. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Check measurements on panel boards to find the correct places for drilling holes. (1)
  • Take readings on finger joint machines to ensure that they meet specified standards. (1)
  • Calculate the volume of quantities of glue. (2)
  • Calculate board feet for orders which do not meet standard specifications. (2)
  • Set machine settings to small tolerances, such as 5/1000 of an inch. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate lengths of board while operating the chop saw. (1)
  • Estimate how much glue will be needed for different runs. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • While the job tasks of woodworking machine operators are mainly assigned by supervisors, the operators determine how to complete the work on schedule. They plan when to reset machines and when to order machine parts. They co-ordinate the use of common equipment with co-workers. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide when to stop the machine to clean the work area. (1)
  • Decide the best way to set up the machines and arrange materials. (2)
  • Decide whether boards meet specifications. (2)
  • Decide when to change knives, based on how close to tolerance levels the equipment is operating. (2)
  • Decide whether to shut down a machine if there is a suspicion of a safety problem. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Errors have been detected in grade in the lumber. Remove the pieces before they get into the system, thus avoiding slow downs as the pieces go through the production line. (1)
  • The pile of waste wood is getting high, representing a production loss. Look through the pieces to determine which ones can be saved for other jobs. (2)
  • Errors have been detected in shop drawings. Note the mathematical inconsistencies and bring them to the attention of the supervisors. (2)
  • There are problems with the operation of mechanical equipment, such as a chop saw. Lock out the machine to determine if there is a minor problem, such as blockage. Call upon a millwright for assistance if necessary. (2)
  • A saw needs to be squared. Read manuals to locate the problem, shimmy the push plate, adjust the turn buckle and realign the bearing caster until the saw has been squared. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Check blueprints to find information on measurements. (1)
  • Contact supervisors, millwrights and quality control managers to obtain information which will be helpful in dealing with specific production problems. (2)
  • Refer to booklets and brochures for information about new equipment. (2)
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