Profession wood boring machine operator

Wood boring machine operators use milling machines or specialise boring jigs to cut holes in wood workpieces. Wood boring differs from routing mainly in that the main movement is into the workpiece as opposed to across its surface.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Types of boring heads

    Qualities and applications of various types of boring heads, such as rough boring heads, fine boring heads and others.

  • Types of wood

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

  • Types of drill bits

    Qualities and applications of various types of drill bits, such as core drill bits, spotting drill bits, countersink drill bits and others.

  • 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

  • Work safely with machines

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

  • 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.

  • Perform test run

    Perform tests putting a system, machine, tool or other equipment through a series of actions under actual operating conditions in order to assess its reliability and suitability to realise its tasks, and adjust settings accordingly.

  • 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.

  • Conform to health and safety regulations

    Carry out all work in accordance with relevant environmental and health and safety legislation, risk assessment requirements and company policies. Take the necessary health and safety precautions during work including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate.

  • Supply machine with appropriate tools

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

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ensure conformity to specifications

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

  • Manipulate wood

    Manipulate the properties, shape and size of wood.

  • 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.

  • Ensure equipment availability

    Ensure that the necessary equipment is provided, ready and available for use before start of procedures.

  • Tend boring machine

    Tend a boring machine, monitor and operate it, according to regulations.

Optional knowledge and skills

apply wood finishes record production data for quality control monitor conveyor belt sand wood inspect quality of products prepare production reports woodworking processes manufacturing of sports equipment perform machine maintenance monitor stock level cad software tend cnc drilling machine check quality of raw materials consult technical resources perform product testing mechanical systems manufacturing of furniture pack goods carry out measurements of parts cutting technologies provide advice to technicians keep records of work progress manufacturing of daily use goods

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