Industrial Woodworker

Industrial woodworkers create build and repair wooden cabinets household furniture and fixtures. They work in cabinet factories and furniture shops although some are employed by residential building developers and construction firms. Industrial woodworkers read and interpret blueprints prepare sketches and cost estimates select wood operate woodworking machines as well as us hand tools trim joints and assemble parts sand surfaces and apply veneers and laminates. According to the website www.apprenticesearch.com industrial woodworkers must have a high school diploma or the equivalent with a background of courses in mathematics geometry and computer skills. Some vocational schools and colleges offer courses in wood engineering and related subjects. Overall industrial woodworkers must complete a four-year training period that can include an apprenticeship with a reduced level of pay work experience or formal courses at vocational schools or colleges. Once these requirements are fulfilled aspiring woodworkers take an exam and if they are successful they are awarded a Journeyperson certificate. Industrial woodworkers earn an hourly wage between $10 and $20 and there may be additional benefits as well. Those who are self-employed can often earn considerably more if they have good woodworking and business skills. Jobs for industrial woodworkers are highly sensitive to the economy and availability and cost of wood. Nowadays some of the tasks that industrial woodworkers perform are automated so skilled woodworkers that are able to operate computerized numerical control tool machines are more marketable.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Apprenticeship
Avg Salary: $31200
High Salary: $41600
Low Salary: $20800
Tasks: Operates woodworking machines.
Takes measurements of wood.
Marks wood prior to cutting.
Cuts and shapes wooden pieces.
Also Called: Carpenter
Cabinet Maker
Furniture Builder
Bench Carpenter
Additional Resources: http://www.apprenticesearch.com/fpTrades/Woodworker.asp
http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/7629/Woodworkers.html
http://www.careeroverview.com/woodworker-careers.html