Profession metal furniture machine operator

Metal furniture machine operators use machines and power tools to cut, shape and join metal pieces in order to produce metal furniture ranging from office furnishings to outdoors fittings. They use different types of metal such as aluminium, iron and stainless steel, and different types of processes such as metal forming and casting. They polish, apply protective layers and, in some cases, decorative finishes to the metal pieces. They assemble and join the elements to obtain the final product.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Metal smoothing technologies

    The various technologies used for the smoothening, polishing and buffing of fabricated metal workpieces.

  • Metalworking

    The process of working with metals to create individual parts, assemblies, or large-scale structures.

Skills

  • Supply machine with appropriate tools

    Supply the machine with the necessary tools and items for a particular production purpose.

  • Cut metal products

    Operate cutting and measuring instruments in order to cut/shape pieces of metal into given dimensions.

  • Use welding equipment

    Operate welding equipment in a safe manner; use welding techniques such as shielded metal arc welding or flux-cored arc welding.

  • Apply a protective layer

    Apply a layer of protective solutions such as permethrine to protect the product from damage such as corrosion, fire or parasites, using a spray gun or paintbrush.

  • Maintain furniture machinery

    Maintain machinery and equipment in order to ensure that it is clean and in safe, working order. Perform routine maintenance on equipment and adjust when necessary, using hand and power tools.

  • Heat metals

    Heat steel and metals in fire; adjust and regulate heat controls to reach appropriate pouring temperature.

  • Assemble metal parts

    Align and arrange steel and metal parts in order to assemble complete products; use the appropriate hand tools and gauges.

  • Join metals

    Join together pieces of metal using soldering and welding materials.

  • Fabricate metal parts

    Fabricate metal parts, using equipment such as drill presses and engine lathes.

  • Operate furniture machinery

    Operate machines and equipment used for making furniture parts and the assembling of furniture.

Optional knowledge and skills

repair furniture machinery record production data for quality control cad software technical drawings analyse stress resistance of products perform physical stress tests on models write stress analysis reports wear appropriate protective gear replace machines paint with a paint gun perform product testing perform test run inspect quality of products operate lacquer spray gun apply spraying techniques design prototypes dispose of cutting waste material mark processed workpiece