Wood Machinist and Other Wood Trades Worker ANZSCO

Where these jobs are in Australia


Source from: https://labourmarketinsights.gov.au/occupation-profile/wood-machinists-and-other-wood-trades-workers?occupationCode=3942


Job Summary of this Unit Group:

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.


Requisite Education:

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)


Whether the Education can be substituted with experience:

  • Yes, at least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification.
  • In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.


Detailed Tasks:

  • 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


394211 Furniture Finisher ANZSCO

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

Skill Level: 3

Skilled Occupations List: Short Term


  • French Polisher


394212 Picture Framer ANZSCO

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

Skill Level: 3

Skilled Occupations List: N/A


394213 Wood Machinist ANZSCO

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

Skill Level: 3

Skilled Occupations List: Short Term


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


394214 Wood Turner ANZSCO

Operates wood turning lathes to turn and shape wood stock.

Skill Level: 3

Skilled Occupations List: N/A


394299 Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers nec  ANZSCO

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

Skill Level: 3

Skilled Occupations List: Short Term

Occupations in this group include:

  • Cooper
  • Wood Model Maker


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