Minor Group

394 Wood Trades Workers

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ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
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394 Wood Trades Workers

Wood Trades Workers fabricate, repair and finish wooden furniture and fit and assemble prepared wooden parts to make furniture, set up and operate woodworking machines and wood turning lathes to shape wood stock, and make picture frames and other wood products.

Indicative Skill Level

Most occupations in this minor 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:

  • examining drawings, work orders and sample parts to determine specifications
  • selecting and working with materials such as timber, veneers, particle board, synthetic wood and other engineered wood products
  • marking out, cutting and shaping wood using tools ranging from hand tools to large timber cutting machines
  • determining tooling and machine requirements
  • assembling parts to form sections of cabinets and furniture and completed articles
  • repairing and finishing furniture
  • fitting hinges, locks, catches, drawers, shelves and associated hardware
  • making picture frames and other wood products.
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