Furniture and Other Wood Products Finishers, Assemblers, and Inspectors

(NOC 9532, 9533, 9534)

in All NS Occupations

This group includes those who make, assemble, and finish a wide variety of products or inspect the finished products for quality. Furniture and fixture assemblers and other wood products assemblers are employed by establishments engaged in manufacturing furniture and a variety of other wood and millwork products. Furniture finishers are employed in furniture manufacturing plants, retail furniture stores or refinishing and repair shops. Furniture refinishers are employed in furniture refinishing and repair shops or they may be self-employed.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Decline employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 35 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All NS Occupations

  • Estimate Weak growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 33315 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline moderately over the next few years, which will likely limit the number of new opportunities available. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Furniture and Other Wood Products Finishers, Assemblers, and Inspectors most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically temporary positions (such as a term, contract, or casual work).

The median employment income for 49% of Furniture and Other Wood Products Finishers, Assemblers, and Inspectors who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $32,230. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$12.30

Minimum

$16.00

Median

$21.47

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,928

Minimum

$24,797

Median

$49,502

Maximum

Compared to: All NS Occupations

Hourly Pay

$11.00

Minimum

$19.89

Median

$40.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,872

Minimum

$29,983

Median

$83,126

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

This group includes those who make, assemble, and finish a wide variety of products or inspect the finished products for quality. Furniture and fixture assemblers and other wood products assemblers are employed by establishments engaged in manufacturing furniture and a variety of other wood and millwork products. Furniture finishers are employed in furniture manufacturing plants, retail furniture stores or refinishing and repair shops. Furniture refinishers are employed in furniture refinishing and repair shops or they may be self-employed.

Job duties

Furniture and other wood products assemblers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Prepare, sand and trim wooden furniture and fixture parts, sand joints, moulding, or other wooden parts to be assembled using hand and power tools.
  • Assemble wooden or metal furniture and fixture parts to form subassemblies and complete articles using hand and power tools.
  • Assemble a combination of parts made of wood, metal, plastic, cane or other materials to form subassemblies or complete furniture articles.
  • Assemble wood products such as window sashes, doors, boxes, pallets, ladders and barrels using glue, staples, screws, bolts or other fasteners.
  • Assemble door panels, trusses, modular components and other parts on assembly line to make prefabricated housing using jigs, overhead cranes and hand and power tools.
  • Reinforce assembled furniture, fixtures, and other assembled products with dowels or other supports.
  • Install hardware such as hinges or clasps on furniture and fixtures.
  • May assist with maintenance of machinery.

Furniture and other wood products inspectors perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Inspect furniture and fixture subassemblies and finished products, and other wood products for conformance to quality standards.
  • Mark defective parts or products for repair.
  • Make minor adjustments and repairs.
  • Record information on products inspected.

Furniture finishers and refinishers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Set up and operate finishing machines or finish furniture by hand.
  • Strip old finish from wood surfaces using steel wool, sandpaper and solvents.
  • Smooth gouges with wood filler and sand wood.
  • Make minor repairs to furniture.
  • Stain or finish wood to specified colour with stains, paints or other materials using brush or spray gun or match colours to obtain original finish and apply appropriate finish to stripped wood.
  • Apply toners, highlights, glazes or shaders to obtain desired finish.
  • Apply lacquer or other sealers.
  • Decorate wood surfaces or mark surfaces to create antique or other effects using hand and power tools.
  • Clean, polish, and wax furniture.
  • Sand metal furniture to prepare for finish and spray with paint or other materials.

Sample job titles

  • antiquer - furniture finishing
  • bed assembler
  • chair assembler
  • furniture and fixtures assembler
  • furniture stainer
  • mattress maker
  • prefab housing assembler
  • wood finisher
  • wood products assembler
  • wooden truss maker

Skills

These jobs require mechanical aptitude and physical fitness. Good spatial perception, form perception, and hand-eye coordination are important. You must be accurate and attentive to detail.

Job requirements

  • Some high school education may be required.
  • On-the-job training is usually provided.
  • Experience as a labourer in the same company may be required.
  • Experience as an assembler may be required for inspectors.
  • Completion of college or other courses may be required for certain jobs.

Other considerations

Mobility is possible between jobs in this group while progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

300

employed in 2016

83.1%

employed full-time

15.0%

self employed

14.5%
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85.5%
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N/A

median age

Compared to: All NS Occupations

427,305

employed in 2016

78.0%

employed full-time

10.0%

self employed

49.2%
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50.8%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

34.3%

Halifax

21.4%

Southern

18.6%

Northern

18.6%

Annapolis Valley

5.7%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

35.0%

Wood Product Manufacturing

25.0%

Textiles, Furniture and Other Manufacturing

10.0%

Retail Trade

6.7%

Construction

5.0%

Other Services

What is the age of Employment?

29.4%

35-44

29.4%

45-54

23.5%

55-64

11.8%

15-24

5.9%

25-34

Compared to: All NS Occupations

41.6%

45-54

28.6%

55-64

20.8%

35-44

5.2%

25-34

2.6%

15-24

Top levels of education

35.9%

High school

$26,748 median annual income
26.7%

College certificate or diploma

$29,663 median annual income
17.6%

Less than high school

$32,968 median annual income
7.6%

Trades certificate

N/A
6.9%

Bachelor's degree

N/A

Compared to: All NS Occupations

38.1%

High school

$28,358 median annual income
22.9%

Less than high school

$21,011 median annual income
20.3%

College certificate or diploma

$36,968 median annual income
12.4%

Trades certificate

$37,356 median annual income
4.4%

Bachelor's degree

$36,852 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

21 Woodlawn Road

Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7

(902) 491-4900

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus

PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road

Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0

(902) 875-8640

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Woodworking - General

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to lay out and shape stock; assemble wooden articles or subassemblies; mark, bind, saw, carve, and sand wooden products; repair wooden articles, and use a variety of hand and power tools.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

UNIFOR
63 Otter Lake Court, 2nd Floor
Halifax, NS B3S 1M1
Tel: (902) 455-9327

Additional resources

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Job postings

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