3942 Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers

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.

Indicative Skill Level:

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)

    At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

    Tasks Include:

    • 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
    • 394213 Wood Machinist
    • 394299 Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers nec

    394211 Furniture Finisher

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

    Skill Level: 3


    • French Polisher

    394213 Wood Machinist

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

    Skill Level: 3


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

    394299 Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers nec

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

    Skill Level: 3

    Occupations in this group include:

    • Cooper
    • Wood Model Maker