Career Poster

By: Bradey Sorenson Reviewed by Will Warren

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-Title/Name of the career:

Woodworker

What a person in this career does in detail:

Woodworkers assist in meeting the demand for products made out of wood by creating many different items such as furniture, musical instruments, and cabinets. They build items by hand and use a variety of power tools and automated equipment. Their work is often done on an assembly line. They determine the best technique of creating products by reading blueprints and drawings. They measure, cut, shape, and assemble materials and check them for accuracy. Then woodworkers sand, stain, and coat products with sealers if needed. Woodworkers also set up, control, and maintain all types of woodworking machines. Many woodworkers use computerized numerical control (CNC) machines to control tools and create many different complex designs. Some woodworkers focus on a particular type of product or items that are unique.

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Why you chose this career

The reason I chose this career is because I work with my dad sometimes and it seems like a fun and creative career.

Experience/Skills needed

Woodwork requires a number of skills including mechanical expertise, manual dexterity and the ability to read blueprints and plans. Today, woodwork involves the use of different types of machines as well as hand tools. It is important that woodworkers are skilled in the use of saws and other tools that can cause injury if not used properly. Woodworkers may be self-employed, or employed in a small shop or a large assembly factory.

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Education needed to obtain this career

You would need a 4 year apprenticeship.

What branch of science most of this career falls under and why

Physical because you are doing physical work and using machinery to cut wood.

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Something you found interesting about the career

That you don’t have to go to college.