Planer Operator

Set up and operate power-fed facers or planer machines.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Planer Operators do?

Sets up and operates power-fed facer or planer machine to surface and size woodstock used in furniture production: Selects and installs knives in cutterhead according to work order, using wrenches and gauges. Turns handwheels to adjust table level, pressure bars, and feed rolls according to depth of cut and thickness of stock. Starts planer, and positions woodstock on conveyor or inserts woodstock between feed rolls that carry woodstock through planer. Inspects and feels planed woodstock to verify smoothness of cut and thickness of stock, using gauge and rule. May sharpen cutters on abrasive wheel or stone. May operate circular saw to remove woodstock defects, such as splits and holes, and to square ends of stock prior to processing boards through planer [CUT-OFF-SAW OPERATOR 667.682-022]. May signal coworker to stop feeding stock into planer when jams occur.


Should I be a Planer Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Barrel Planer, Panel-Raiser Operator, Planer Operator / Grader, Planer Setter, Wood Planer

    How to become a Planer Operator

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