Qualification Overview

Qualification Title 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
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 3
Credits 70 - 85
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 the skills and knowledge required to work as an operator under general supervision in a solid wood manufacturing operation. Each strand represents a process undertaken in solid wood manufacturing.

Graduates will be able to operate plant and equipment used in solid wood manufacturing safely and efficiently in one of these processes.

Graduates of the Finger Jointing strand will also be able to set up, operate, maintain and monitor machinery and application systems in a finger jointing operation.

Graduates of the Pole, Post and Pile strand will also be able to operate machinery and carry out quality checks. specific to pole, post and pile manufacturing.

Graduates of the Saw Doctoring strand will also be able to maintain and repair saws in a saw doctoring environment.

Graduates of the Sawmilling strand will also be able to operate, monitor and control sawmill equipment to produce finished products in a sawmilling operation.

Graduates of Timber Drying strand will also be able to process wood in a kiln, control temperature and ventilation in a timber drying operation.

Graduates of the Timber Grading and Optimising strand will also be able to grade timber to determine dimension and other qualities and will operate machinery in a timber grading and optimising operation.

Graduates of the Timber Machining strand will also be able to set up and operate specialised machinery to transform wood products into finished products in a timber machining operation.

Graduates of the Timber Treatment strand will also be able to operate the plant to treat timber in a timber treatment operation.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Apply workplace health and safety, environmental, and quality requirements to solid wood manufacturing operations.

Graduates of the Finger Jointing strand will also be able to:
- Set up, maintain and identify performance issues for basic finger jointer and saw centre operations.
- Apply knowledge of the properties and specifications of grinding wheels, fluids and grinding wheel calculations specific to finger jointing operations.
- Apply adhesives, gluing procedures, and glue testing to control automatic gluing application systems used in wood finger jointing operations.
- Operate and monitor the performance of a finger jointer and cross cut saw centre under limited supervision in a solid wood manufacturing operation.

Graduates of the Pole, Post and Pile strand will also be able to:
- Grade, tally, package, and optimise conversion of roundwood products.
- Operate machinery, equipment and technical processes to carry out production tasks specific to pole, post and pile manufacturing.

Graduates of the Saw Doctoring strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of the principles of sawmilling and the physical characteristics of wood as a raw material to a saw doctoring operation.
- Apply knowledge of the theoretical concepts relevant to grinding, profiles, saw design, wood quality and basic saw doctoring calculations to a saw doctoring operation.
- Grind straight knives and anvils, and set, sharpen and tooth circular saws.

Graduates of the Sawmilling strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of the operation of sawmilling equipment, sawmill products and processes, cutting patterns and schedules relevant to sawmilling operations.
- Operate machinery, equipment and technical processes to carry out tasks specific to sawmilling operations.

Graduates of the Timber Drying strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of factors affecting the physical properties of wood to a timber drying operation.
- Apply knowledge of factors that affect wood drying, drying defects and moisture meter correction to a timber drying operation.
- Manage the operational performance and maintenance requirements of a timber kiln operation

Graduates of the Timber Grading and Optimising strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of permeability, density, moisture content in wood, and defects and size tolerances to a timber grading operation.
- Apply knowledge of company specifications to grade timber, measure defects, and calculate the value of timber.
- Operate machinery, equipment and technical processes to carry out tasks specific to timber grading and optimising.

Graduates of the Timber Machining strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of factors affecting the finished quality of machined timber to operate and monitor the performance of a planing system.
- Set up a timber planer for dress four sides.
- Set cutters into cutter heads and joint straight cutters on a planing system in a timber machining operation.

Graduates of the Timber Treatment strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of factors affecting the physical properties of wood to a timber treatment operation.
- Apply knowledge of antisapstain treatment as a method of wood preservation and the legislative and compliance requirements relevant to wood preservation operations.
- Operate, monitor and maintain wood preservation plant and equipment.
Education pathways
This qualification can lead to the New Zealand Certificate in Solid Wood Manufacturing (Level 4) with strands in Laminating, Timber Drying, Timber Grading, and Timber Treatment [Ref: 1973].
Employment pathways
Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge within a solid wood manufacturing environment to work in operational roles which include finger jointing plant operator, roundwood plant operator, saw centre operator, timber treatment plant operator, kiln operator, timber grader, quality controller, planer operator.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 2 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Competenz
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 1969
Status Current
Created May 2014
Next Review December 2024
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