1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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      Wood Turner
      Wood Lathe Turning Operator

Operates wood turning lathes to turn and shape wood stock.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Certificate III or higher qualification.

Tasks Include:
  • studies drawings or reads work orders or specifications to determine set-up data
  • positions and secures wood stock in lathes
  • adjusts turning speeds to size of work
  • positions and clamps tool rests
  • starts machines, places gauge chisels on tool rests in contact with stock and reduces square stock to rough cylinders
  • lays out cutting lines according to drawings
  • resets speed control to speed appropriate for diameter of workpieces
  • places chisels against rotating workpieces to cut shapes
  • may smooth surfaces of work by holding sandpaper against rotating workpieces
  • may apply wax or other finishes to workpieces

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