Timber and composite machinists set up, operate and maintain woodworking machines, which they use to cut, plane, shape and sand timber and composite materials to a required shape and size. Crafted timber and composite parts are then assembled to make a variety of furniture items and building components, such as tables, desks, chairs, beds, cabinets, boxes, window frames, veranda posts, balusters and flag poles.
Duties & Tasks
Timber and composite machinists may perform the following tasks:set up and operate sawing, drilling, planing and joining machines
programme and control computer-aided design (CAD) and computer numerical control (CNC) machines
estimate job costs
read and interpret work documents in order to prepare accurate cutting lists for jobs
understand and use various timber and timber products to produce furniture
select and install hardware to furnishing (such as handles and hinges)
prepare surfaces for finishing
prepare and apply decorative finishes to furniture
clean and maintain work areas including machinery and tools to ensure safe working environments
maintain, identify and analyse technical faults to machinery suppliers' requirements to ensure optimum performance.
Timber and composite machinists usually work in large workshops in regional centres, and in businesses ranging from furniture makers to large processing and manufacturing plants. The work can sometimes be physically demanding. However, working conditions have improved with the introduction of new technology and specialist equipment.
enjoy practical and manual activities
good eyesight (may be corrected)
good hand-eye coordination
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
able to carry out mathematical calculations
able to read specifications and technical drawings
not allergic to dust, paints, resins or glues
alert and safety-conscious.