Wood panels

From the first cut in the log to the end result, producing top quality wood panels depends on people with knowledge, technical skills and good judgement.

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What does it involve?

Wood panel workers process chip or logs into various different types of manufactured products by binding or fixing the strands, particles, fibres, veneers or boards of wood together with adhesives. These products are engineered to precise design specifications which are tested to meet national or international standards.  

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Typical day

Typically, an 8-hour day or shift work. Prepare logs, wood chips and other raw materials for production. Monitor and control computerised panel pressing machinery, operate sanding and stacking lines and grade product to specification.

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How much could I earn?

  • Newly Qualified

    $40k- $65k

Career pathway

SchoolEntry level jobsAdvancing jobsSenior jobs
 NCEA Level 2 is idealWood Panel WorkerTeam Leader Business Manager 
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