Wood panels

From the first cut in the log to the end result, producing top quality wood panels depends on people with knowledge, technical skills and good judgement.

Careers information

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What does it involve?

Wood panel workers process chip or logs into various different types of manufactured products by binding or fixing the strands, particles, fibres, veneers or boards of wood together with adhesives. These products are engineered to precise design specifications which are tested to meet national or international standards.

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Typical day

Typically, an 8-hour day or shift work. Prepare logs, wood chips and other raw materials for production. Monitor and control computerised panel pressing machinery, operate sanding and stacking lines and grade product to specification.

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How could I get into the industry

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

Attributes Helpful experience Preferred work environments
  • English or Media Studies or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics
  • Food or Nutrition
  • Computing / ICT / Information Management
  • Good at precision work
  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Confidence with IT, computers, technology
  • Good at problem solving/creative
  • Working with facts and figures
  • Analysing, researching or problem solving
  • Working with machinery
  • Working with computers
  • Inside (workshop or plant)
  • One place every day

How much could I earn?

  • Newly Qualified

    $40k- $65k

Career pathway

School Entry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs
 NCEA Level 2 is ideal Wood Panel Worker Team Leader  Business Manager 
Unit/Achievement standards in schools Traineeship or Apprenticeship Higher learning Higher learning

For more information

Competenz Wood Careers website