CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Produce and assemble components of articles such as store fixtures, office equipment, cabinets, and high-grade furniture.
Verify dimensions, and check the quality and fit of pieces in order to ensure adherence to specifications.
Set up and operate machines, including power saws, jointers, mortisers, tenoners, molders, and shapers, to cut, mold, and shape woodstock and wood substitutes.
Measure and mark dimensions of parts on paper or lumber stock prior to cutting, following blueprints, to ensure a tight fit and quality product.
Reinforce joints with nails or other fasteners to prepare articles for finishing.
Attach parts and subassemblies together to form completed units, using glue, dowels, nails, screws, and/or clamps.
Establish the specifications of articles to be constructed or repaired, and plan the methods and operations for shaping and assembling parts, based on blueprints, drawings, diagrams, or oral or written instructions.
Cut timber to the right size and shape and trim parts of joints to ensure a snug fit, using hand tools such as planes, chisels, or wood files.
Match materials for color, grain, and texture, giving attention to knots and other features of the wood.
Trim, sand, and scrape surfaces and joints to prepare articles for finishing.
Bore holes for insertion of screws or dowels, by hand or using boring machines.
Program computers to operate machinery.
Estimate the amounts, types, and costs of needed materials.
Perform final touch-ups with sandpaper and steel wool.
Install hardware such as hinges, handles, catches, and drawer pulls, using hand tools.
Discuss projects with customers, and draw up detailed specifications.
Repair or alter wooden furniture, cabinetry, fixtures, paneling, and other pieces.
Apply Masonite, formica, and vinyl surfacing materials.
Design furniture, using computer-aided drawing programs.
Dip, brush, or spray assembled articles with protective or decorative finishes such as stain, varnish, paint, or lacquer.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Speed of Limb Movement The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
Dynamic Strength The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Wrist-Finger Speed The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Computer aided design CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
Computer estimation software Project management software
Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software Facilities management software
Data entry software Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
Adjustable hand wrenches Adjustable wrenches
Adjustable jigs Positioning jig
Angle dividers Compasses
Awls Awls
Back saws Saws
Band clamps Hold down clamps
Bandsaws Bandsaw wheel
Bar clamps Hand clamps
Bastard flat files Files
Belt sanders Power sanders
Bench dogs Bench dog
Bench grinders Power grinders
Bench vises Bench vises
Biscuit joiners Biscuit jointers
Biscuit joining machines Biscuit jointers
Block planes Planes
Boring machines Boring machines
Bowl gouges Wood chisels
Bowl lathes Lathes
Braces and bits Hand or push drill
Burn-in knives Utility knives
Cam clamps Hand clamps
Carpentry chisels Wood chisels
Case clamps Positioning jig
Chop saws Power saws
Circular planes Planes
Circular saws Power saws
Claw hammers Hammers
Cold presses Workshop presses
Combination planes Planes
Combination squares Squares
Computerized numerical control CNC machining centers Milling machines
Computerized numerical control CNC routers Milling cutters
Cutoff saws Power saws
Dial calipers Calipers
Digital micrometers Micrometers
Disk sanders Power sanders
Dividers Compasses
Dovetail saws Saws
Drafting compasses Compasses
Draw knives Utility knives
Drill presses Drilling machines
Edge banders Banders
Edge sanders Sanding machines
Edging clamps Hold down clamps
Fingernail gouges Wood chisels
Fore planes Planes
Hand augers Augers
Hand sanders Sanding blocks
Hand saws Saws
Hand screw wood clamps Hand clamps
Heated putty knives Putty knives
Hot presses Workshop presses
Jack planes Planes
Jig saws Power saws
Jointer planes Planes
Jointers Power planes
Lacquer booths Spray booths
Laminate trimmers Power routers
Layout squares Squares
Line borers Boring machines
Locking C-clamps C clamps
Locking pliers Locking pliers
Machinists' squares Squares
Mallets Mallets
Marking gauges Metal markers or holders
Marking knives Scribers
Measuring tapes Tape measures
Metal punches Metal stamps or punches
Metal shears Shears
Mill files Files
Mini lathes Lathes
Minipresses Boring machines
Miter clamps Hand clamps
Miter saws Sawing machines
Moisture meters Moisture meters
Morticers Wood chisels
Nail guns Power nail guns
Overarm routers Power routers
Paint application brushes Paint brushes
Paint application rollers Paint rollers
Paint spray guns Paint sprayers
Panel routers Power routers
Panel saws Power saws
Parallel jaw clamps Hold down clamps
Parting tools Wood chisels
Personal computers Personal computers
Phillips head screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Pin nailers Power nail guns
Plate jointers Biscuit jointers
Plumb bobs Plumb bobs
Plunge routers Power routers
Pneumatic nail guns Pneumatic nail drivers
Pneumatic staplers Staple guns
Portable routers Power routers
Power drills Power drills
Power planers Power planes
Power routers Power routers
Power sanders Power sanders
Power saws Power saws
Power screwguns Power screwguns
Precision levels Levels
Profile grinders Grinding machines
Profile molders Power trimmers
Protective ear plugs Ear plugs
Putty knives Putty knives
Quick-release clamps Hand clamps
Radial arm saws Power saws
Radial drills Twist drills
Random orbital sanders Power sanders
Reciprocating saws Power saws
Rip saws Power saws
Roughing gouges Wood chisels
Saber saws Power saws
Safety glasses Safety glasses
Safety goggles Goggles
Scrapers Razor knives
Scribers Scribers
Scroll saws Power saws
Set squares Squares
Shapers Planes
Single spindle drill presses Drilling machines
Skew chisels Wood chisels
Slide calipers Calipers
Sliding panel saws Power saws
Sliding table saws Power saws
Smooth planes Planes
Spindle shapers Planes
Spokeshaves Wood chisels
Spring clamps Hold down clamps
Staple guns Staple guns
Steel rules Rulers
Straight screwdrivers Screwdrivers
T-bevels Bevels
T-squares T squares
Table routers Power routers
Table saws Power saws
Templates Templates
Tenon saws Saws
Tenoners Cutting machines
Thickness planers Power planes
Tool sharpeners Sharpening stones or tools or kits
Trammel points Compasses
Utility knives Utility knives
Veneer saws Saws
Viscosity cups Viscosimeters
Water wheels Grinding wheels
Wedge clamps Hand clamps
Wide belt sanders Sanding machines
Wood files Files
Wood lathes Lathes
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
Required Level of Education Some College Courses
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
Alternate Job Title(s)
Accordion Maker
Alteration Worker
Antique Furniture Repairer
Antique Repairer
Apprentice, Mechanist, Wood
Boat Oar Maker
Bow Maker
Cabinet Assembler
Cabinet Builder
Cabinet Door Maker
Cabinet Installer
Cabinet Maker
Cabinet Worker
Cabinetmaker Apprentice
Chair Maker
Chair Mechanic
Chair Mender
Counter Top Maker
Custom Stock Maker
Double End Saw Operator
Double End Tenon Operator
Experimental Box Tester
Frame Builder
Furniture Builder
Furniture Maker
Guitar Maker
Hand Carver
Hand Fretted Instrument Maker
Hand Violin Maker
Harp Maker
Harpsichord Maker
Hat Block Maker
Last Model Maker
Machine Operator
Mantel Craftsman
Marquetry Worker
Pipe Organ Builder
Precision Assembler
Router Operator
Sample Shop Technician
Shop Worker
Smoking Pipe Maker
Special Assembler
Stock Checkerer
Technical Machine Operator
Wood Cabinetmaker Apprentice
Wood Furniture Assembler
Wood Machinist
Wood Machinist Apprentice
Wood Mechanist
Wood Ski Maker
Wood Working Assembler
Woodworking Bench Carpenter
Woodworking Machinist
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
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