Wood Machinist

Cuts, planes, turns, shapes and sands wood stock to specifications.
Training time 1 year
Average pay $52,524
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 400

What does a Wood Machinist do?

  • 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


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

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate II in Furniture Making
Certificate III in Timber and Composites Machining
Certificate II in Sawmilling and Processing
Certificate III in Timber Manufactured Products
Certificate III in Timber Truss and Frame Design and Manufacture
Certificate III in Woodmachining
Certificate II in Timber Manufactured Products
Certificate III in Wood Panel Products