National code: MSF30313

Certificate III in Timber and Composites Machining

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Overview About this course

Carve out your dream career with a hands-on course equipping you with the skills and knowledge to be a timber machinist. This course will give intricate workshop knowledge of timber craftsmanship, preparing you for a career or further study.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Set up and operate static machines

  • Produce manual and computer-aided drawings

  • Examine work orders to determine specifications

  • Manufacture and assemble products

  • Prepare, assemble and install timber and composite components

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Gain on-the-job experience with an apprenticeship

  • Skills to design, make and install real-world timber manufacturing projects

  • Skills and knowledge to start your own sole trader business

  • Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • Check the campus page for requirements to take this course as an apprenticeship

  • This course may also be offered as a non-apprenticeship

  • Enquire today to discuss your eligibility

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Literacy and numeracy skills at Year 10 high school level

  • An intermediate level of fitness to manage the physical demands of the role

  • Some experience in handling tools and equipment

  • An interest in timber or composites

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Wood MacHinist

Wood Machinists cut, plane, turn, shape and sand wood stock to specifications.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).

    87%

  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    600 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    41 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.

    $990

  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    43 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

    Medium

  • Gender share

    0% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Decline

Other jobs include: Qualified timber machining tradesperson and Timber and composite supervisor

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate III in Timber and Composites Machining does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 1 Course

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Timber and Composites Machining qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 27 , including 11 core and 16 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Prepare cutting list from plans and job specifications MSFFM3010

  • Use furniture making sector hand and power tools MSFFM2001

  • Make measurements and calculations MSFGN2001

  • Read and interpret work documents MSFGN3001

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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