Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers set up and operate woodworking machines and wood turning lathes to shape wood stock, finish and polish furniture, and make picture frames and frame paintings, photographs and other artwork.

    You can work as a Wood Machinist or Wood Trades Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers often complete a certificate III or IV.

    Tasks

    • studying drawings, work orders and sample parts to determine specifications
    • determining tooling and machine requirements and sequence of operations
    • setting up woodworking machines and wood stock for correct cutting, planning, turning, shaping and sanding
    • operating machines to cut, plane, turn, shape and sand work pieces
    • removing old finishes by stripping with steel wool and glasspaper, and by applying solvents and paint strippers, and removing softened finishes by scraping
    • applying varnish, shellac, lacquer, stains and paint to surfaces and polishing and waxing finished surfaces
    • fitting and fastening frame pieces
    • mounting backing materials and subjects for framing

    More about Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers

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    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 4,600 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 74% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 47 years Average age
    • 18% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 4,600 in 2018 to 4,600 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 1,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 200 a year).

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Retail Trade; and Construction.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (74%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (56%).
    • Gender: 18% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20086400
    20099200
    20105200
    20116600
    20126000
    20135700
    20146400
    20155100
    20164700
    20174700
    20184600
    20234600

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Manufacturing49.1
    Retail Trade26.9
    Construction8.2
    Other Services4.1
    Other Industries11.7

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateWood Machinists and Other Wood Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW29.931.6
    VIC26.725.6
    QLD18.520.0
    SA9.77.0
    WA9.710.8
    TAS3.72.0
    NT0.71.0
    ACT1.11.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketWood Machinists and Other Wood Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.5-5.05.0
    20-246.9-9.39.3
    25-3415.4-22.922.9
    35-4419.3-22.022.0
    45-5424.8-21.621.6
    55-5911.9-9.09.0
    60-6410.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over8.6-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationWood Machinists and Other Wood Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree8.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV43.1-21.121.1
    Year 1217.5-18.118.1
    Year 116.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below15.8-12.512.5

    You can work as a Wood Machinist or Wood Trades Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers often complete a certificate III or IV.

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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    Employers look for Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      27% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    2. Education and Training

      24% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    3. Public Safety and Security

      24% Skill level

      Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

    4. Chemistry

      22% Skill level

      Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

    5. Building and Construction

      22% Skill level

      Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Exposed to Contaminants

      98% Important

      How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

    2. Exposed to Hazardous Conditions

      97% Important

      How often do you work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals?

    3. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      95% Important

      How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

    4. Spend Time Standing

      94% Important

      How much time do you spend standing?

    5. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

      93% Important

      How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

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