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3942 Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers

ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
Reference period
2021

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.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • 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

Occupations:

  • 394211 Furniture Finisher
  • 394212 Picture Framer
  • 394213 Wood Machinist
  • 394214 Wood Turner
  • 394299 Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers nec

394211 Furniture Finisher

Applies finishes, such as stain, lacquer, paint, oil and varnish, to furniture, and polishes and waxes finished furniture surfaces.

Skill Level: 3

Specialisation:

  • French Polisher

394212 Picture Framer

Cuts out and assembles mouldings to make picture frames, and frames paintings, photographs, needlework and other artwork.

Skill Level: 3

394213 Wood Machinist

Cuts, planes, turns, shapes and sands wood stock to specifications.

Skill Level: 3

Specialisations:

  • Automatic Profile Sander Operator
  • Copy Lathe Operator
  • Edge Bander Operator
  • Jigmaker (Wood)
  • Panel Saw Operator
  • Sawmill Moulder Operator
  • Woodworking Machine Setter

394214 Wood Turner

Operates wood turning lathes to turn and shape wood stock.

Skill Level: 3

394299 Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers nec

This occupation group covers Wood Machinists and Wood Trades Workers not elsewhere classified.

Skill Level: 3

Occupations in this group include:

  • Cane Furniture Maker
  • Cooper
  • Wood Model Maker