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Wood Machinist

Wood Machinist

Careers Profile

A Wood Machinist is one of the most highly skilled people in a saw mill. You'll have done an apprenticeship and be trade qualified to operate the most high-tech machines in the mill.

Planers, saws, moulders and more – you'll know how to set them up and operate them so they produce the best quality product.

You'll also have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re making a difference because you’re producing one of the world’s most environmentally friendly building materials – sustainably sourced timber.


As a Wood Machinist you could do a range of tasks including:

  • Setting knives and saws

  • Machine maintenance

  • Instructing operators

  • Problem solving


The job responsibilities vary according to the role, however working safely and following appropriate OH&S practices is essential.

Ideal Attributes

You’ll enjoy practical work with your hands, be interested in the timber you are producing and understand the value of the product you are processing.

You will always put your safety and that of your people first.


You will have done, or be undertaking an apprenticeship in wood machining.

Employers in the forest and wood products industry are very supportive of ongoing training and skills development.


Employers include:

  • Hardwood and softwood sawmills and processors