Wood Machinist Apprenticeship L2

Wood Machinist Apprenticeship L2

Wood Machinist Apprenticeship L2


A Wood Machinist produces components for industry using a wide range of wood working machinery. This includes setting up, operating and maintaining wood working machines such as saws, planers, moulders, routers and CNC/NC machines. Wood Machinists will take raw materials and produce components to a given specification to be used in the manufacture of products. They will often be working individually so being able to motivate themselves and work on their own initiative is essential. Having a keen eye for detail, apprentices will work in environments from small workshops to large scale factories. Following this route will allow an apprentice to develop a wide range of skills across different types of wood working machines.

In order to ensure sufficient flexibility to meet the needs of the industry whilst maintaining the rigour of every single apprenticeship within it, Wood Machinists will be able to undertake all the mandatory requirements and four of the optional requirements. MANDATORY YOU WILL KNOW HOW TO AND BE ABLE TO
Measure and Mark Out Measure and mark out materials to specification within the acceptable tolerances following standard operating procedures.
Tooling Select, prepare and maintain woodmachining tooling.
Cutting Prepare, set up and operate cutting wood machinery.
Planing Prepare, set up and operate planes. This includes surface planer and thicknesser (can be a combined machine) and four sided planer and moulder (for planed all round).
Calibrating Calibrate measuring equipment, keep tools and equipment clear of debris and dirt and ensure tools are kept sharp.
Jigs and Templates  Use and maintain jigs and templates for furniture production.  Jigs are used to ensure repeatability and accuracy in the production of furniture. These can be hand held or mounted on workbenches.
Profiling Prepare, set up and operate profiling wood machinery. This includes vertical spindle moulder (straight work), four sided planer and moulder, high-speed router, double-end tenoner, wood turning lathe, copying lathe, linear shaper, rotary shaper machines
Boring Prepare, set up and operate boring wood machinery. This includes single-head machine and multi-head machine.
Sanding Sand materials for preparation prior to assembly, post-assembly and de-nibbing. Understand grit sizes and the process of sanding. This includes the use of wide belt sander, overhead narrow belt sander, disc sander, bobbin sander, linisher and profile sander.
Edge Banding Carry out the edge-banding process following standard operating procedures. This includes, edge-banding by hand, colour matching, timber and PVC lippings, calibration and finishing techniques.
Operate Machinery and Equipment Operate woodworking machinery and equipment to meet company requirements. Prepare tools and equipment including tooling technology and calibration of measuring equipment.
Joints Prepare, set up and operate wood machinery to produce jointed wood and wood-based products. This includes chisel morticer, chain morticer, slot morticer, dovetailer, vertical spindle moulder, stair router, single-end tenoner, double-end tenoner, round-end tenoner, dowler and router.
Assembly Assemble components of furniture following standard operating procedures. Understand the sequence of assembly and why this is important.


Minimum of 1 year, up to 2 years

Maths / English

Apprentices without appropriate English and Maths must achieve these before taking the end-point assessment

End Point Assessment

EPA is the final assessment for an apprentice to ensure that they can do the job they have been training for. EPA is separate to any qualifications or other assessment that the apprentice may undertake during the on‑programme stage of the apprenticeship.  These can include observation, test, portfolio review, professional discussion.  EPA is carried out by an independent organization from Didac

Delivery Location

National Delivery within the workplace


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Didac Limited,
Woodwise Academy,
Crews Hole Road,

Tel: 0800 773 4230
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