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9437 – Woodworking machine operators

Woodworking machine operators set up, program and operate one or more woodworking machines to fabricate or repair wooden parts for furniture, fixtures or other wood products. They are employed in furniture, fixture and other wood products manufacturing establishments.


Example titles

  • Boring machine operator - woodworking
  • Computer numerically controlled (CNC) band saw operator
  • Drill operator - woodworking
  • Drum sander - woodworking
  • Edge bander operator - woodworking
  • Glue machine operator - woodworking
  • Lathe operator - woodworking
  • Planer operator - woodworking
  • Rough mill operator - woodworking
  • Shaper - woodworking
  • Woodworking machine operator

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Set up, program and operate one or more computer numerically controlled (CNC) or manual woodworking machines such as saws, moulders, lathes, routers, planers, edgers, pressing machines, shapers, drills and sanders to fabricate or repair wooden parts for furniture, fixtures and other wood products
  • Operate gluing machines to glue pieces of wood together or press and affix wood veneer to wood surfaces
  • Operate preset special-purpose woodworking machines to fabricate wood products such as coat hangers, mop handles, clothes pins and other products
  • Read and interpret specifications or follow verbal instructions
  • May clean and lubricate equipment, and replace parts as necessary.

Employment requirements

  • Some secondary school education is usually required.
  • On-the-job training is usually provided.
  • Experience as a labourer in the same company may be required.

Additional information

  • Mobility is common among jobs in this unit group.
  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
9 – Occupations in manufacturing and utilities
Skill level
C – Occupations usually require secondary school and/or occupation-specific training.
Major group
94 – Processing and manufacturing machine operators and related production workers
Minor group
943 – Machine operators and related workers in pulp and paper production and wood processing and manufacturing
Associated Career Handbook profiles
9437.0 – Woodworking machine operators
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