Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Wood Machinist

Working as a Wood Machinist you will operate a variety of machines including but not limited to docking saws, panel saws, edge bander, spindle moulders and sanders. You will feed and or tail out for various machines, undertake product finishing and strap and prepare stock for dispatch.

Summary of Training

Core Units – 8 required

  • Work effectively with others
  • Work effectively in the forest and wood products industry
  • Communicate and interact effectively in the forest and wood products industry
  • Apply safety, health and environmental requirements in forest and wood products operations
  • Use hand-held tools
  • Apply knowledge of timber properties, sawmill operations and sawmilling equipment
  • Apply quality and product care procedures in forest and wood products operations
  • Produce patterns and templates

Elective Units – 19 required

  • Machine material using CNC machining and processing centres
  • Set up and run multi-head moulder/planer to produce simple profiles
  • Cut timber products using high-speed optimiser
  • Set up, operate and maintain end matching machines
  • Set up, operate and maintain finger jointing machines
  • Set up and operate production saws used in sawmill operations
  • Set up, operate and maintain sawing machines
  • Set up, operate and maintain routing and shaping machines
  • Hand sharpen knives and blades for commercial and domestic cutting services
  • Replace saw blades, knives and guides
  • Assess and maintain cutter performance
  • Produce templates
  • Apply principles of blade design to sawing procedures
  • Visually stress grade hardwood
  • Visually stress grade softwood
  • Visually stress grade cypress
  • Apply principles of timber and process optimisation in sawmill operations
  • Take off material quantities
  • Create drawings using computer aided design software

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

This Australian Apprenticeship occupation may attract incentives under the Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program. For more information contact an Apprenticeship Network provider, call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73, or look at the National Skills Needs List.

Job Pathways

Forest and Wood Products

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IICertificate II
IIICertificate III
IVCertificate IV
DDiploma
AdAdvanced Diploma

This occupation fits generally with these groupings

Industry Group
Agriculture, Animals & Conservation

Work Type
Manual & Realistic

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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 20/21: 319

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 29/3/2022. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2019, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2019, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this overall industry in the past 5 years. *Pre COVID-19 data

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this overall industry compared with other Australian industries. *Pre COVID-19 data

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of employees in this overall industry. *Pre COVID-19 data

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

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Availability Information and More Details

Wood Machinist - FWP31121
NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

48 mths 48 mths
Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ASbA
Classification A * A
Availability of Australian Apprenticeships and Nominal Duration (in months)

A = identified by the State or Territory as an Apprenticeship
T = identified by the State or Territory as a Traineeship
* = An approved qualification in Tasmania is available as an Apprenticeship/Traineeship.

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Commencements

Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection, VOCSTATS, extracted 29/3/2022, rounded estimates for October 2020 to September 2021. This data is for general information purposes only.

Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbA)

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ANZSCO Classification: 394213

Note: This is an indicative Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) classification for this occupation, provided as a guide only.

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