Timber Machinist

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What do they do?

Timber machinists are responsible for the safe and efficient operation of timber machining plants and equipment. They are also responsible for maintenance and are capable if troubleshooting and making decisions to maintain productivity.

A typical day

Typically, eight to ten-hour days. Weekend work may be required.

They grind knives to specification, operate specialised equipment, set up and operate planers and other timber machines. They also identify and diagnose machine defects.

Sound like you?

Study areas

» Maths or Accounting or Economics

» Computing/ICT/InformationManagement.


» Confident communicator

» Good literacy and numeracy

» Confidence with IT, computers, technology

» Good work habits/time management

Helpful experience

» Customer service or helping people

» Working with machinery

Preferred work environments

» Indoors (workshop or plant)

» Different places from time to time


» Unit standards in schools
» NCEA Level 2 is recommended

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» Timber Machinist

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