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

  • Metalworking

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

  • Types of metal

    Qualities, specifications, applications and reactions to different fabricating processes of various types of metal, such as steel, aluminium, brass, copper and others.

  • Metal smoothing technologies

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

  • Quality standards

    The national and international requirements, specifications and guidelines to ensure that products, services and processes are of good quality and fit for purpose.

Skills

  • Set up the controller of a machine

    Set up and give commands to a machine by dispatching the appropriate data and input into the (computer) controller corresponding with the desired processed product.

  • 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.

  • Remove inadequate workpieces

    Evaluate which deficient processed workpieces do not meet the set-up standard and should be removed and sort the waste according to regulations.

  • Supply machine with appropriate tools

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

  • Supply machine

    Ensure the machine is fed the necessary and adequate materials and control the placement or automatic feed and retrieval of work pieces in the machines or machine tools on the production line.

  • Fabricate metal parts

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

  • Use welding equipment

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

  • Assemble metal parts

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

  • Monitor automated machines

    Continuously check up on the automated machine's set-up and execution or make regular control rounds. If necessary, record and interpret data on the operating conditions of installations and equipment in order to identify abnormalities.

  • Join metals

    Join together pieces of metal using soldering and welding materials.

  • Cut metal products

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

  • Heat metals

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

  • Operate furniture machinery

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

  • 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.

  • Remove processed workpiece

    Remove individual workpieces after processing, from the manufacturing machine or the machine tool. In case of a conveyor belt this involves quick, continuous movement.

Optional knowledge and skills

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

Common job titles

  • Machine operator
  • Floor machine operator
  • Sheet metal worker/fabricator
  • Machine operator/fabricator - metal shop
  • Floor machine operator - nnsy
  • Janitor
  • Laser operator 2nd shift
  • Cnc machinist/operator 1st shift
  • Laser operator
  • Material handler