Woodworking machine operators

Woodworking machine operators

NOC
9437

Set up, program and operate one or more woodworking machines to fabricate or repair wooden parts for furniture, fixtures or other wood products.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Limited
Limited

3 Year Job Openings

51
 

Median Hourly Wage

$17.00
$13.33
Low
$29.00
High

Median Salary

$35,557
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

436
 

% Working Full Time

90%
 

% Working Full Year

77%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

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.

Main Duties

Woodworking machine operators perform 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.

Also Known As

  • boring machine operator - woodworking
  • CNC (computer numerically controlled) 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
Requirements

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.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

14.1%
Female
85.9%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

3.3%
15-24
21.3%
25-34
21.3%
35-44
23.0%
45-54
27.9%
55-64
3.3%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

Data legend

35.5%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
38.7%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
8.1%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
17.7%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
0.0%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

80.0%
Manufacturing
9.2%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
4.6%
Construction
6.2%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

Data legend

34.90%
Northeast
23.80%
Southeast
0.00%
Southwest
14.30%
Central
27.00%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$39,777
Northeast
$33,152
Southeast
N/A
Southwest
$35,523
Central
$40,165
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$17.00
$13.33
Low
$29.00
High

Southeast

$17.00
$13.33
Low
$29.00
High
No Data Available
No Data Available
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$35,557

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$40,050

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$35,557

Newfoundland

$33,682

Prince Edward Island

N/A

Nova Scotia

$26,727

Canada

$33,877
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

51
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

0
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

51
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

128
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-36
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

164