Wood Processing Worker
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
3d ago

Pay for wood processing workers varies depending on experience.

  • Trainee wood processing workers usually earn between minimum wage and $35,000 a year.
  • Qualified wood processing workers can earn between $35,000 and $50,000.
  • Sources : Competenz, 2017; Stats NZ, '2013 Census', 2017.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Wood processing workers may do some or all of the following :

  • operate sawmill machinery, log loaders and forklifts
  • sort, stack and grade timber
  • trim timber pieces to a standard length
  • record timber sizes and grades and the amount of timber in the yard
  • design and make templates and knives
  • check and maintain equipment
  • clean the work areas and equipment
  • package and wrap timber for delivery.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Wood processing workers need to have knowledge of :

  • the sawmill process
  • timber characteristics
  • the sizes and grades of timber required for different products
  • safety procedures
  • mechanical skills for doing basic maintenance on machinery.
  • Working conditions

    Wood processing workers :

  • work regular business hours, but may do shift work and work weekends
  • work in sawmills and timber yards, and may work in noisy and dusty conditions.
  • Entry requirements

    To become a wood processing worker you need to complete an apprenticeship and gain a New Zealand Certificate in Solid Wood Manufacturing (Level 2 to Level 4).

    Competenz oversees apprenticeships.

    A forklift licence is useful.

    Secondary education

    There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a wood processing worker. However, construction and mechanical technologies, mathematics and processing technologies are useful.

    Personal requirements

    Wood processing workers need to be :

  • practical
  • careful and efficient
  • safety-conscious
  • able to remain calm under pressure.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for wood processing workers includes :

  • work in the timber or forestry industries
  • work with heavy machinery
  • engineering experience.
  • Physical requirements

    Wood processing workers need to have a good level of health and fitness. They also need to have normal colour vision and good hand-eye co-ordination.

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