Profession planer thicknesser operator

Planer thicknesser operators use machinery to shave wood planks to a uniform thickness. The machine usually planes both sides of the plank in one operation. They feed the plank into the machine carefully to prevent excess planing at the edge known as 'snipe'.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Woodworking processes

    Steps in the processing of wood for the manufacturing of wooden articles and types of machines used for these processes such as drying, shaping, assembling and surface finishing.

  • Cutting technologies

    The variety of cutting technologies, such as software or mechanics, guiding cutting processes through lasering, sawing, milling etc.

  • Types of wood

    Types of wood, such as birch, pine, poplar, mahogany, maple and tulipwood.


  • Work safely with machines

    Check and safely operate machines and equipment required for your work according to manuals and instructions.

  • Adjust properties of cut

    Adjust cut sizes and depths of cutting tools. Adjust heights of worktables and machine-arms.

  • Manipulate wood

    Manipulate the properties, shape and size of wood.

  • Dispose of cutting waste material

    Dispose of possibly hazardous waste material created in the cutting process, such as swarf, scrap and slugs, sort according to regulations, and clean up workplace.

  • Set up the cutter head

    Set up and install knives in the cutter head of the thickness planer.

  • Operate thickness planer machine

    Feed wood materials into the thickness planer, after which a surfaced board is retrieved. Avoid 'sniping' by using an additional piece of wood with the same thickness.

  • Ensure conformity to specifications

    Ensure that the assembled products are conform to the specifications given.

Optional knowledge and skills

inspect planed woodstock sand wood monitor conveyor belt sawing techniques sanding techniques monitor stock level perform machine maintenance consult technical resources check quality of raw materials woodworking tools conduct routine machinery checks pack goods sharpen edged tools keep records of work progress identify hazards in the workplace mechanical systems provide advice to technicians carry out measurements of parts types of planing cutters clean wood surface operate manual planer program a cnc controller record production data for quality control prepare production reports apply wood finishes