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 Waipa 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 specialising in two of the four different strands - timber machining, timber grading and optimisation, finger jointing, or sawdoctoring.
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), with two of the relevant strands
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1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
|Indicative Fees||Approx. $4,600-$5,200 total cost of qualification (dependent on strand chosen) for domestic students View full fees information|
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Solid wood manufacturing operator with limited supervision within the solid wood manufacturing industry, including roles in:
- timber machining
- finger jointing
- timber drying
- timber grading and optimising
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||Approx. $4,600-$5,200 total cost of qualification (dependent on strand chosen) for domestic students|
|Course related costs||
Approx. $265 in course related costs
Help with fees
Are you Eligible for Free Fees?
There are two ways you can take advantage of free fees. One is through Toi Ohomai’s range of free courses. These are separate to the government’s ‘fees free’ initiative so you don’t need to check your eligibility in relation to fees – simply apply in the normal way and we’ll take it from there.
The other is through the government’s ‘fees free’ initiative: If you’re starting tertiary study for the first time you might be eligible for a year’s worth of free fees. Find out more in our FAQ about the government’s fees free initiative.
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.
Find out more and apply at studylink.govt.nz
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:
Complete a diagnostic assessment either prior to or in the first 2 weeks of their study to ensure students can meet adequate literacy and numeracy skills to enable them to meet all academic, health and safety requirements of their programme and to enable appropriate support to be provided.
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.
Course Locations and Intake Information
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- 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)