Wood and Wood Products Factory Workers perform routine tasks in wood processing and timber product factories, such as placing logs on equipment and conveyors, assisting with measuring and cutting of materials, and setting up and operating plant equipment.

Also known as: Wood and Wood Products Labourer.

Specialisations: Hardboard Factory Worker, Joinery Factory Worker, Particleboard Factory Worker, Plywood Factory Worker.

You can work as a Wood and Wood Products Factory Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Assists with setting up and operating plant and ancillary equipment used in the manufacture of sheets and boards.
  • Transports processed wood products, such as plywood, chipboard sheets and panels, to work areas.
  • Clears blockages in machines.
  • Assists with measuring and cutting materials.
  • Packs and loads finished products for transportation.
  • Cleans work areas, tools and equipment.

More about Timber and Wood Process Workers

All Timber and Wood Process Workers

  • $1,013 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

Wood and Wood Products Factory Workers

  • 1,700 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 74% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 31 years Average age
  • 5% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Wood and Wood Products Factory Workers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 1,700 in 2011 to 1,700 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Wood and Wood Products Factory Workers work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services; and Construction.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (74%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 31 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (28%).
  • Gender: 5% 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)
Manufacturing55.5
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services14.4
Construction12.5
Health Care and Social Assistance4.9
Other Industries12.7

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 and Wood Products Factory WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW24.731.6
VIC31.925.6
QLD22.720.0
SA8.67.0
WA7.810.8
TAS2.92.0
NT0.61.0
ACT0.81.9

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 and Wood Products Factory WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-197.6-5.05.0
20-2420.4-9.39.3
25-3429.0-22.922.9
35-4416.3-22.022.0
45-5415.0-21.621.6
55-596.5-9.09.0
60-643.3-6.06.0
65 and Over1.8-4.24.2

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 and Wood Products Factory WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree3.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV17.7-21.121.1
Year 1231.7-18.118.1
Year 1110.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below33.7-12.512.5

You can work as a Wood and Wood Products Factory Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • driver's licence

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 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 Timber and Wood Process Workers who work well in a team, with a strong work ethic and are polite and courteous.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    52% Skill level

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

  2. Production and Processing

    41% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    41% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Education and Training

    38% Skill level

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

  5. Public Safety and Security

    31% Skill level

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

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-7042.00 - Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

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

  1. Exposed to Contaminants

    100% Important

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

  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    97% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

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

    96% Important

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

  4. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

    96% Important

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

  5. Spend Time Standing

    95% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-7042.00 - Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing.

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