Plugging Machine Operator

Operate machines that rout out defects in boards and insert plugs.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Plugging Machine Operators do?

Operates machine that routs out defects, such as knots, dents, and holes, in boards, and inserts glue and plugs in cutout areas: Fastens router and plug cutter into machine chucks, using wrench. Fills glue reservoir. Inserts wood slat into machine for plug material. Grasps board and inspects board for defects, such as knots, dents, and blemishes. Starts machine, and inserts defect in board under device holding router and plug cutter. Depresses pedal, causing router to bore hole, glue injector to inject glue into hole, and plug cutter to cut plug and press it into glued hole. Removes board, wipes off excess glue, and stacks it on pallet on cart.

Should I be a Plugging Machine Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Planing Machine Operator, Plug Machine Operator

    How to Become a
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