Wood Processing Machine Worker

Wood Processing Machine Workers, often grouped in with paper processing machine workers, operate machines that process and finish various wooden products, such as logs, firewood, plywood etc. These same machines will often also produce paper products like packaging, paper, disposable napkins, etc., using the same timber stock.

Duties and tasks

  • Cleaning the machines and performing repairs as needed
  • Cutting wood and paper stock and products as required for the specific project at hand
  • Feeding wood or paper stock into appropriate slots in machines
  • Laminating, veneering, and otherwise finishing and polishing wood and paper products
  • Setting up machines and controlling switches and dials
  • Utilising tools like saws and lathes to appropriately manipulate and cut wood and paper stock

 Skills required

  • Ability to manipulate and control dials, switches, and gauges
  • Active listening skills
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Keen judgment and decision-making abilities
  • Use of logic, reasoning, and critical thinking

Working conditions

Wood Processing Machine Workers are typically found in factories or other plants. They may also work in smaller, more intimate workshops or repair centres.

Professional associations / Industry information

ForestWorks
Manufacturing Skills Australia

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