Woodworking machine operators (NOC 9437)

About this job

Woodworking machine operators:

  • set up, program and operate one or more woodworking machines to make or repair wooden parts for furniture, fixtures or other wood products
  • work in furniture, fixture and other wood products manufacturing establishments
Common job titles
  • barrel assembler / cooper
  • bucket chucker
  • cutter, disk / mouldings / stock
  • driver, corrugated fastener
  • end matcher, sash and door
  • feeder, cylinder sander / planer


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
  • run gluing machines to glue pieces of wood together or press and stick wood veneer to wood surfaces
  • run preset special-purpose woodworking machines to make 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

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in an indoor plant environment.
  • Workers may be exposed to harmful chemicals.
  • Working with machinery, equipment and hand/power tools may be a source of injury.
  • Workers may be exposed to flying particles such as wood chips and sawdust in the work environment.
  • Workers may be exposed to noise that could impair hearing.
  • The workplace may contain toxic or strong odours.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Movement is common among jobs in this group.

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources