- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- persistence and determination
- the ability to work on your own
- physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- the ability to work well with your hands
- concentration skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- planning jobs following detailed technical drawings
- selecting the right type of wood for a particular product
- working out the amount of timber needed
- cutting and shaping timber, using tools like saws, planes and routers
- cleaning workshop tools and servicing equipment
- using computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment
- using computer aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) methods
You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
You could work in a workshop or at a sawmill.
Your working environment may be dusty, physically demanding and noisy.
With experience, you could progress to a supervisor role, or move into related work like bench joinery, shopfitting or kitchen and bathroom installation.
You can get more details about how to become a wood machinist from Go Construct.Data from National Careers Service.