Wood Machinists cut, plane, turn, shape and sand wood stock to specifications.

Specialisations: Automatic Profile Sander Operator, Copy Lathe Operator, Edge Bander Operator, Jigmaker (Wood), Panel Saw Operator, Woodworking Machine Setter.

You usually need an apprenticeship in timber and composites machining or wood machining to work as a Wood Machinist.

Tasks

  • Sets up woodworking machines and wood stock for correct cutting, planning, turning, shaping and sanding.
  • Operates machines to cut, plane, turn, shape and sand work pieces.
  • Removes 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.

All Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Wood Machinists

  • 1,200 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Wood Machinists (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 1,700 in 2011 to 1,200 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Wood Machinists work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Construction; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (92%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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)
Manufacturing70.0
Construction14.1
Wholesale Trade8.3
Retail Trade2.1
Other Industries5.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on 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 MachinistsAll Jobs Average
NSW29.331.6
VIC25.025.6
QLD21.620.0
SA11.67.0
WA8.510.8
TAS3.72.0
NT0.01.0
ACT0.31.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketWood MachinistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.4-5.05.0
20-249.3-9.39.3
25-3418.6-22.922.9
35-4420.5-22.022.0
45-5425.1-21.621.6
55-5911.8-9.09.0
60-649.1-6.06.0
65 and Over3.3-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 MachinistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree1.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV68.0-21.121.1
Year 1211.4-18.118.1
Year 113.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below13.4-12.512.5

You usually need an apprenticeship in timber and composites machining or wood machining to work as a Wood Machinist.

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.
  • You might be interested in Forest and Wood Products Industry and Furnishing Industry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

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  1. Building and Construction

    62% Skill level

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

  2. Design

    58% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  3. Mechanical

    57% Skill level

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

  4. Production and Processing

    56% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  5. Engineering and Technology

    53% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

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  1. Face-to-Face Discussions

    98% Important

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  2. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    95% Important

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

  3. Spend Time Standing

    93% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

  4. Indoors, Not Heat Controlled

    88% Important

    How often do you work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat)?

  5. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    86% Important

    How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

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