Wood Machinist and Other Wood Trades Worker

Wood Machinists utilise woodworking and woodcutting machinery to cut, shape, and polish wood samples. They may then use these wood pieces to build furniture, picture frames, and other wood products.

Duties and tasks

  • Assembling wood pieces together to create furniture or other finished products
  • Fitting pieces of wood together with rivets and other fixtures
  • Operating machinery to cut and finish wood
  • Polishing and sanding wood pieces
  • Refinishing wood with varnish, lacquer, or paint
  • Removing old finishes on wood by applying paint strippers and other solvents
  • Studying the requirements of a project to determine appropriate wood samples and sizes

Skills required

  • Active listening skills
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Keen spatial awareness
  • Organisation and time management
  • Use of logic, reasoning, and critical thinking

Working conditions

Wood Machinists and other wood trades workers often are found in workshops, both large and small. They may also work in factories, plants, or repair centres.

Professional associations / Industry information

Manufacturing Skills Australia
The Furnishing Industry Association of Australia

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