Schools in the USA
Back to Career Search     

Industrial Woodworker


When most people think of woodworkers they think of carpenters or carvers. However, there is also a group of woodworkers called industrial woodworkers. They work with wood like traditional woodworkers but on a much larger scale. Industrial woodworkers set up, program and operate woodworking machines to make or repair wooden parts for furniture, fixtures and other wood products.

Industrial woodworkers interpret plans and drawings of articles to be made and they prepare specifications accordingly. Besides making furniture and wood products industrial woodworkers also recreate existing pieces. Someone may have an antique chair they need to fix and a woodworker must be able to match the design of the original piece to make a new one. This job takes an eye for design, the ability to visualize three-dimensional objects, good hand-eye coordination and someone who loves working with their hands to create objects. Industrial wood workers are responsible for creating our tables, doors, chairs, fences and toys.
         Related Careers
arrow Aggregate Plant Operator
arrow Aircraft Painter
arrow Asphalt Plant Operator
arrow [ view all related careers ]

Program Spotlight
Matching School Ad
McCann School of Business & Technology

A new career is closer than you think!

McCann School of Business & Technology has a history of helping students succeed through hands-on education and career training. Their faculty and staff work to ensure that when you’ve completed your program, you’re truly ready to pursue your career.

Programs Offered:
  • Commercial & Industrial Maintenance Technician



  Interests and Skills  
Industrial woodworkers are mechanically inclined and enjoy making something from start to finish. These workers are skilled at interpreting blueprints and plans and they are able to visualize three-dimensional objects that they are creating. They need to have an eye for detail and be methodical in their work. Industrial woodworkers must be able to stand, kneel or bend for long periods of time when working. Finally, these workers take pride in their work and the customer satisfaction of a well-made product.

  Typical Tasks  
  • Read and interpret blueprints and construction drawings,
  • Select materials
  • Set up, program, and operate one or more computerized or manual woodworking machines such as saws, routers, planers, drills, and sanders
  • Fabricate or repair wooden parts of furniture, fixtures or other wood products
  • Operate gluing machines and presses to affix wood veneer to wood surfaces, clean equipment, repair and restyle wooden furniture
  • Trim joints and fit parts and subassemblies together to form a complete unit
  • Use glue and clamps and other fastening equipment such as nails and screws
  • Sand wood surfaces
  • Apply finishing materials such as stain or polish, and then rub, buff and polish the finish
  • Industrial woodworkers typically work indoors. They are generally in industrial settings that can be noisy and potentially hazardous. Their day involves a lot of lifting and carrying heavy objects as well as standing on their feet while working. They will also work maintaining machines and finishing materials by buffing and staining. Industrial woodworkers tend to work a five-day workweek with 40 hours a week being standard.

  Workplaces, Employers and Industries  
  • Industrial woodworkers are employed by manufacturing companies that make furniture and other wooden objects. They may also work in construction firms and millwork companies or some work for household furniture stores and office furniture makers. With the right tools and experience some woodworkers may decide to become self-employed.

  Long Term Career Potential  
There is some room for advancement in this field. Once individuals have completed their training with experience an industrial woodworker may become a foreperson or a supervisor, start their own business or work in related occupations.

  Educational Paths  
Industrial woodworkers receive their training either through informal, on-the-job training or through an apprenticeship program. Trade certification can be obtained either through an apprenticeship program or after several years of work experience. While trade certification is not mandatory to become an industrial woodworker, it can be a requirement for many employers and can also help secure employment.

Apprenticeship programs involve a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction. A pre-apprenticeship course may also be available which takes about five to six months to complete at a community college and is designed to help you get connected with a good company to apprentice with. It is important to apprentice with a reputable company as that is your education. While some apprenticeship programs may not require a high school diploma, it is important to note that employers generally prefer to hire high school graduates.

Apprenticeships can vary, however a typical apprenticeship lasts four to five years. The apprenticeship is a paid position, however wages are about 50 percent of what an employer pays the journeyperson, with yearly increases. After successfully completing the apprenticeship requirements, their industry training and apprenticeship office awards the industrial woodworker a certificate of completion.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2002, http://www.bls.gov/oes/2002/oes_nat.htm

Featured Schools

Matching School Ads
McCann School of Business & Technology

A new career is closer than you think!

McCann School of Business & Technology has a history of helping students succeed through hands-on education and career training. Their faculty and staff work to ensure that when you’ve completed your program, you’re truly ready to pursue your career.

Programs Offered:
  • Commercial & Industrial Maintenance Technician

Institute of Technology

You can get started on a new career with Institute of Technology.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.iot.edu/disclosure

Programs Offered:
  • Industrial Maintenance and Automated Technology

Lincoln Tech

Lincoln Tech is your LINC to a new career!

Programs Offered:
  • CNC Machining & Manufacturing

Colorado Technical University Online

CTU Classes Are As Close As The Mobile App.
Take classes with the help of your smartphone, tablet or laptop. CTU’s online bachelor’s programs were ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report.

Programs Offered:
  • Master Of Science in Systems Engineering

ECPI University

Making the decision to earn your degree and pursue your career goals could be the best decision you ever make. Enroll at ECPI University and you’ll join a collaborative and fostering learning environment, surrounded by faculty and staff who are there to support you through the entire process.


What Are You Waiting For?

Programs Offered:
  • Mechatronics - Bachelor's

LeTourneau University - Online
Founded in 1946 by Mr. R.G. LeTourneau, LeTourneau University is private, nondenominational Christian university offering a wide array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the College of Engineering, Business and Technology; the College of Aviation & Aeronautical Science; the College of College of Education, Arts and Sciences; and the College of Health Sciences & Professional Studies.
Programs Offered:
  • Master of Engineering Management with a Program Management Specialization
  • Master of Engineering Management with a Software Engineering Specialization
  • Master of Engineering Management with an Aerospace Management Specialization
  • And more...

Colorado Technical University

CTU can connect you to a powerful professional network, real-world faculty and innovative technology.

Programs Offered:
  • Denver - Master of Science - Systems Engineering

Matching School Ads
  Universities and Colleges
Clarkson UniversityColorado School of MinesDalhousie University
Oral Roberts UniversityPenn State HarrisburgTemple University
The University of HoustonThompson Rivers UniversityUNB Saint John
University of AlabamaUniversity of ArkansasUniversity of British Columbia
University of IowaUniversity of New BrunswickUniversity of Ottawa
York University
Agriculture and Bio-resources | Allied Health and Health Sciences | Applied Business Technology | Architecture
Business Administration | Computer Science | Cosmetology and Esthetics | Culinary, Travel &Hospitality | Dance 
Engineering Technology & Applied Technology |Engineering | Film | Fine Arts and Design | Humanities and Liberal ArtsJustice and Security
| Natural and Applied Sciences | Naturopathic and Holistic MedicineNursingPublic Administration & PolicyReligious and Theological Studies
Sport Sciences and Physical Education | Teacher Education | Theatre
Articles | College News | Videos | Feedback | Career Search
Home | About Us | Contact Us | Faq | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Cities Site Map

Copyright 2003- 2018 QuinStreet, Inc. All Rights Reserved.