Dowel Inserting Machine Operator

Set up and operate machines to shape dowel-rods from squared stock.

What does a Dowel Inserting Machine Operator do?

Sets up and operates machine to shape dowel-rod from squared stock: Selects and installs cutting head, and adjusts knives, guides, and feed rolls, according to size and finish of dowel-rod to be cut. Verifies distances of settings and size of stock, using calipers and micrometers. Starts machine and inserts stock between feed rolls that force stock through cutting head. May install cutting heads that cut spirals or longitudinal grooves while rounding stock. May specialize in rounding stock for tool handles and be designated Handle-Rounder Operator.