Operate machines that scarf end wooden pipes for fittings.
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Salary Range
$32,000 – $81,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Headers do?

Operates machine to scarf end of wooden pipe for fittings: Inserts knives in slots of cutting head and adjusts knives for depth of cut, using steel scale and wrench. Positions pipe on machine bed and turns handwheel to clamp pipe in place. Starts machine and pulls lever to move cutting head over end of pipe to cut scarf. Verifies depth of cut and length of scarf against written specifications and drawings, using steel scale. Removes pipe from machine and rolls pipe onto conveyor.

Should I be a Header?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Header, Dock, Header, Ship, Head Switcher, Wharf Tender, Head

    How to become a Header

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