Wood machinists are key members of the joinery team. Wood machinists need to understand wood as a material, and how to get the best from it.
- Newly trained Wood Machinists can earn in the region of £5,200-£15,000
- Trained with experience Wood Machinists can earn in the region of £16,000 - £35,000
Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility.
Qualifications and Training
You will require 5 GCSEs at A*-C level including Maths and English, you may also choose to study A levels in the same subjects where you would require A*-C grades or you may opt for a Diploma in Manufacturing & Product Design.
Demonstrating your creativity and interest in wood, either through things you’ve made or school holiday working alongside a carpenter or joiner, will also interest employers.
Full apprenticeship frameworks are available in wood machining at Levels 2 & 3. Diplomas in Wood Machining at levels 2 & 3 are also available.
College courses and NVQs in bench joinery and wood machining are likely to be of interest to employers in the joinery sector, as the skills gained are more relevant to the work.
Other qualifications available include a Level 2 Award in Timber & Panel Products and their uses.