Woodworking Machine Operators

(NOC 9437)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

Woodworking machine operators set up, program and use woodworking machines to build or repair wooden parts for furniture, fixtures or other wood products. They work for furniture, fixture and other wood products manufacturers.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate 75 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 1460 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. 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. Woodworking Machine Operators most commonly work full-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 67% of Woodworking Machine Operators who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $32,887. 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

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$26,727

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$23.91

Median

$35.04

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Woodworking machine operators set up, program and use woodworking machines to build or repair wooden parts for furniture, fixtures or other wood products. They work for furniture, fixture and other wood products manufacturers.

Job duties

Woodworking machine operators:

  • Set up, program and use computer numerically controlled (CNC) or manual woodworking machines like saws, moulders, lathes, routers, planers, edgers, pressing machines, shapers, drills and sanders to make or repair wooden parts.
  • Use gluing machines to glue pieces of wood together or press and attach wood veneer to wood surfaces.
  • Use preset special-purpose woodworking machines to make wood products like coat hangers, mop handles, clothes pins and other products.
  • Read and understand specifications or follow spoken instructions.
  • May clean and grease equipment and replace parts as necessary.

Sample job titles

  • boring machine operator
  • computer numerical control (CNC) band saw operator
  • drill operator
  • drum sander
  • edge banner operator
  • glue machine operator
  • lathe operator
  • planer operator
  • rough mill operator
  • shaper
  • woodworking machine operator

Skills

You should be responsible, alert, and in good physical health. Coordination, agility, and mechanical ability are important. You must be able to follow directions and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements

  • Some high school is usually needed.
  • On-the-job training is usually provided.
  • Experience as a labourer in the same company may be necessary.

Other considerations

These are largely rural jobs, and self-employment is not common. Movement is common among jobs in this unit group. Movement to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

90

employed in 2016

88.9%

employed full-time

27.8%

self employed

16.7%
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83.3%
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52.9

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

83.2%

employed full-time

3.2%

self employed

27.6%
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72.4%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

36.8%

North Shore

15.8%

Annapolis Valley

15.8%

Southern

15.8%

Cape Breton

15.8%

Halifax

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

75.0%

Manufacturing

12.5%

Transportation and warehousing

12.5%

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

What is the age of Employment?

37.0%

45-54

26.0%

55-64

16.0%

65+

11.0%

25-34

11.0%

35-44

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

24.5%

45-54

20.8%

55-64

19.3%

35-44

16.5%

25-34

15.0%

15-24

Top levels of education

33.3%

Less than high school

N/A
22.2%

High school

N/A
22.2%

College Diploma

N/A
16.7%

Apprenticeship

N/A

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,505 median annual income
23.3%

Less than high school

$19,224 median annual income
19.9%

College Diploma

$38,781 median annual income
12.2%

Apprenticeship

$43,975 median annual income
4.5%

Bachelor

$39,715 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Siploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Machine Tool Technology/Machinist

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills to plan, manufacture, assemble, test, and repair parts, mechanisms, machines, and structures in which materials are cast, formed, shaped, moulded, heat treated, cut, twisted, pressed, fused, stamped or worked.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

Kentville, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

Stellarton, NS

Apprenticeship Training

Halifax, NS

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