Woodworking machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Set up, program and operate one or more computer numerically controlled (CNC) or manual woodworking machines such as saws, moulders, lathes, routers, planers, edgers, pressing machines, shapers, drills and sanders to fabricate or repair wooden parts for furniture, fixtures and other wood products
B. Operate gluing machines to glue pieces of wood together or press and affix wood veneer to wood surfaces
C. Operate preset special-purpose woodworking machines to fabricate wood products such as coat hangers, mop handles, clothes pins and other products
D. Read and interpret specifications or follow verbal instructions
E. May clean and lubricate equipment, and replace parts as necessary.
1. Furniture and related product manufacturing - 45.0%
2. Wood product manufacturing - 35.0%
3. Construction - 4.0%
1. Some secondary school education is usually required.
2. On-the-job training is usually provided.
3. Experience as a labourer in the same company may be required.
4. Most recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate.
3. Machine Shop
4. Industrial Arts
The average hourly wages for Woodworking Machine Operators is $12.72/HR, which is below average for occupations in the processing, manufacturing and utilities sector and are below average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.