Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters

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About the Job

Cut, shape, and assemble wooden articles or set up and operate a variety of woodworking machines, such as power saws, jointers, and mortisers to surface, cut, or shape lumber or to fabricate parts for wood products.

It is also Called

  • Accordion Maker
  • Alteration Worker
  • Antique Furniture Repairer
  • Antique Repairer
  • Apprentice, Mechanist, Wood
  • Boat Oar Maker
  • Bow Maker
  • Cabinet Assembler
  • Cabinet Builder
  • Cabinet Door Maker

What They Do

  • Dip, brush, or spray assembled articles with protective or decorative finishes, such as stain, varnish, paint, or lacquer.
  • Design furniture, using computer-aided drawing programs.
  • Apply Masonite, formica, or vinyl surfacing materials.
  • Repair or alter wooden furniture, cabinetry, fixtures, paneling, or other pieces.
  • Discuss projects with customers, and draw up detailed specifications.
  • Install hardware, such as hinges, handles, catches, or drawer pulls, using hand tools.
  • Perform final touch-ups with sandpaper or steel wool.
  • Estimate the amounts, types, or costs of needed materials.
  • Program computers to operate machinery.
  • Bore holes for insertion of screws or dowels, by hand or using boring machines.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in United States was $32,960 with most people making between $19,790 and $48,220

Outlook

1.03%
avg. annual growth

During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 97,000 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 113,000 employed in 2020.

This occupation will have about 1,000 openings due to growth and about 39,000 replacement openings for approximately 40,000 total annual openings.