Frame Table Operator

Operate machines to frame timbers for utility poles and for structures.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Frame Table Operators do?

Operates machines to frame timbers for utility poles and for structures, such as buildings, bridges, and piers: Lays out timber for cutting operation, according to blueprints, sketches, or work order, using square, ruler, and pencil. Installs dado cutter or adzing knives. Starts motor that adjusts cutter for depth and angle of cut. Signals FRAME-TABLE-OPERATOR HELPER to spot timber on carriage under cutting tool. Starts machine and advances cutter into wood by turning wheel. Marks finished pieces with die-filled hammer or crayon. Changes cutters, using handtools. Makes repairs and lubricates machine. Bores holes in timber, using drill press or portable drill. May specialize in framing utility poles and be designated Pole Framer, Machine.


Should I be a Frame Table Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Bending Frame Operator, Framing-Mill Operator

    How to become a Frame Table Operator

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