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Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Solid Wood Manufacturing (Level 2) with strands in Finger Jointing; Laminating; Pole, Post and Pile; Sawmilling; Timber Drying and Treatment; Timber Grading; Timber Machining; and Wood Pallet Manufacturing
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 2
Credits 45 - 75
Subject Area
  • Engineering and Related Technologies » Process and Resources Engineering » Wood Based Manufacturing
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the solid wood manufacturing industry with people who have introductory skills and knowledge relevant to work in entry-level roles under close supervision within this industry. Each strand represents a process undertaken in solid wood manufacturing.

Graduates will be able to work safely in entry-level operational roles in one of these processes.

Graduates of the Finger Jointing strand will also be able to create quality products in a finger jointing operation.

Graduates of the Laminating strand will also be able to carry out practical tasks in a laminating operation.

Graduates of the Pole, Post and Pile strand will also be able to carry out practical tasks specific to pole, post and pile manufacturing.

Graduates of the Sawmilling strand will also be able to carry out practical tasks in a sawmilling operation.

Graduates of the Timber Drying and Treatment strand will also be able to carry out practical tasks in a timber drying and treatment operation.

Graduates of the Timber Grading strand will also be able to carry out practical tasks in a timber grading operation.

Graduates of the Timber Machining strand will also be able to carry out practical tasks in a timber machining operation.

Graduates of the Wood Pallet Manufacturing strand will also be able to carry out practical tasks in a wood manufacturing operation.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Apply knowledge of employee responsibilities, training needs and workplace risks to work safely and collaboratively in a team within a solid wood manufacturing environment.
- Apply knowledge of the physical characteristics of wood to ensure timber product quality..

Graduates of the Finger Jointing strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of manufacturing processes, glue use, key performance indicators, and market and quality requirements specific to finger jointing operations.
- Measure moisture content of wood products and clean engineered wood product equipment.

Graduates of the Laminating strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of the physical characteristics of solid wood products to ensure quality requirements are met in a wood product manufacturing operation.
- Operate a cross cut saw centre in a solid wood manufacturing environment.

Graduates of the Pole, Post and Pile strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of log yards, log making, and chainsaw use, and phytosanitary requirements specific to pole, post and pile manufacturing.
- Operate machinery and equipment, and grade, sort and stack timber products in a pole, post and pile operation.

Graduates of the Sawmilling strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of sawmilling products, processes, and quality and safety requirements to a sawmilling operation.
- Process, handle and sort timber products in a sawmilling operation.

Graduates of the Timber Drying and Treatment strand will also be able to:
- Measure moisture content in wood and identify methods of drying wood or wood preservation in a solid wood manufacturing environment.
- Apply knowledge of sawmilling products and processes relevant to timber drying and treatment.

Graduates of the Timber Grading strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of timber grading, defects and processes to a timber grading operation.
- Apply knowledge of technical aspects of timber grading and operational skills to a timber grading operation.

Graduates of the Timber Machining strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of basic operational processes, principles, and quality requirements to a timber machining operation.
- Feed in and tail out a planer, and monitor planer performance within a solid wood manufacturing operation.

Graduates of the Wood Pallet Manufacturing strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of construction, job specifications, quality requirements, key performance indicators and environmental issues to a wood pallet manufacturing operation.
- Operate or maintain machinery, equipment and processes in wood pallet manufacturing.
Education pathways
This qualification can lead to the New Zealand Certificate in Solid Wood Manufacturing (Level 3) with strands in Finger Jointing; Pole, Post and Pile; Saw Doctoring; Sawmilling; Timber Drying; Timber Grading and Optimising; Timber Machining and Timber Treatment [Ref: 1969].
Employment pathways
Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge within a solid wood manufacturing environment to work in entry-level roles which include finger jointing plant operator, glue line operator, glue press operator, roundwood plant operator, saw centre operator, timber treatment plant operator, kiln operator, manual timber grader, planer operator, wood pallet assembler.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.
Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996.
Resource Management Act 1991.
Education Organisation Competenz
Developed By Competenz
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 1967
Status Current
Created May 2014
Next Review December 2024
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