Are you ready to learn a trade surrounded by the sight and smell of freshly sawn timber?
If you enjoy working with wood, here’s your chance to jump-start your career in wood manufacturing. Delivered through our Waipā Campus, we're the only dedicated training facility in the country to operate a working sawmill and wood manufacturing plant. Training and classes take place onsite, as part of our busy operation.
In this one-year course, you'll first look at environmental issues, safety and product quality before getting into your chosen specialisation.
When you’re qualified, you’ll be able to put your skills and knowledge to work as an operator in a solid wood manufacturing organisation.
Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:
- New Zealand Certificate in Solid Wood Manufacturing (Level 3), in either Timber Machining Strand or Sawdoctoring Strand
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1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
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Solid wood manufacturing operator with limited supervision within the solid wood manufacturing industry, including roles in timber machining and sawdoctoring.
Topics you'll cover
- Environmental Issues, Safety and Product Quality
Timber Machining strand
You'll learn how to safely set up and operate timber machining equipment.
- Timber Machining and Planning System
- Dressing Timber on Four Sides
- Set and Joint Straight Cutters
You'll learn about wood, saw design and how to prepare saws for cutting timber.
- Wood Properties and Sawmilling Operations
- Grinder Machines and Saw Tooth Design
- Circular Saw, Knives and Anvils
- Circular Saws Sharpening
|Indicative Fees *||No tuition fees (TTAF funded) for domestic students|
|Course related costs||
Approx. $265 in course related costs
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Are you Eligible for Free Fees?
This course qualifies for free tuition fees under TTAF. (Course materials and equipment not included). There's no need to do anything extra - simply apply for the course and we'll take it from there.
There are several ways to take advantage of free study at Toi Ohomai. Find out how on our Fees Free FAQ page.
Student Loans and Allowances
This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.
- A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
- A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you’re studying. You don't have to pay the money back.
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Scholarships are one way you might be able to get some financial help. Any scholarships specifically related to this course are shown below, otherwise check out the full list of scholarships promoted by Toi Ohomai.
Course Entry Information
You must be:
- 16 years old at the time the course starts,
- able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level,
- physically able to complete the course
For courses at levels 1-3, domestic and international students will be required to:
Provide evidence of ability to complete academic requirements.
English language requirements
Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.
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Course Locations and Intake Information
The Timber Machining Strand will be delivered in February and the Sawdoctoring Strand will be delivered in June.
Intakes to be confirmed Ask to be notified when the next intake becomes available
- 1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
Further Study Options
Courses Currently Under Development at Toi Ohomai, or Offered at Other Institutions
- New Zealand Certificate in Timber Machining (Level 4)
- New Zealand Certificate in Wood Manufacturing (Advanced Processing) (Level 5)