Wood Machinist, General

Wood Machine Operator

The tasks a Wood Machinist, General is expected to perform include:

Setting and operating different types of wood working machines for turning, planing , shaping, grooving, jointing, etc. of wood according to drawings or required specifications

Studying drawings or sample or product desired

Selecting appropriate cutting tools or cutters and fitting them to cutter head

Fixing cutter head in machine and adjusting guides and machine table to suit operations

Checking specimen with drawing or sample

Readjusting position of tools or machine set up if required

Operating machine to plane, mould, shape and processing wood stock to requirements

Cleaning and oiling machinery

Knowledge of starting machine, switching on levers and feeding trial piece of wood into machine

Well-versed in setting and operating different types of wood working machines for turning, shaping, grooving, jointing, etc.

Proficient in studying drawings or sample or product desired

Knowledge of fixing cutter head in machine and adjusting guides and machine table to suit operations

Proficient in selecting appropriate cutting tools or cutters

Knowledge of operating machine to plane, mould, shape and process wood stock to requirements

Proficient in cleaning and oiling machinery

Knowledge of operating post-forming machine, panel saw, edge banding machine, drilling, etc.

Knowledge of sharpening tools in grinding machine

Team player

Good judgement and dexterity

Good hand-eye coordination

Diligent and hardworking


Good numerical skills

Problem solving skills

Eye for detail

Accuracy in work

It needs one to be on their toes

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Working hours are 10/12 hours everyday for 5/6 days a week. This may vary from workshop to workshop

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

The job is considered mildly hazardous or dangerous

Health hazards include exposure to wood, wood dust, sharp blades and tools, chemical additives, heavy lifting, working in high decibel noise environment, etc.

Occupational hazards include injuries, cuts, hearing problems, respiratory problems, skin irritants, etc.

For freshers - INR 12,000 to INR 15,000 per month

For candidates with 2-4 years of experience or more - INR 25,000 to INR 30,000 per month

For candidates with 5-7 years of experience or more - INR 40,000 to INR 45,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of the Wood & Carpentry Sector in India

India is a land of wonderful and marvellous artistic work of wood which is being appreciated worldwide. The rich Indian handicraft and beautiful traditional attributes of art and design have established a reputation of Indian Furniture Industry in the nation and worldwide

Indian furniture market is estimated to be worth US$ 7,922 million. Of this, wooden furniture accounts for US$ 1,358 million. The major part of this industry, approximately 85 per cent is in the unorganised sector. Wood accounts for nearly 65 per cent of all furniture made in India. This includes several types of indigenous wood, as well as imported wood.

Furniture produced in India falls into two broad categories, depending on the end user; domestic furniture meant for home use and commercial furniture meant for the office and hospitality sectors. Domestic furniture represents almost two-thirds of the total output. Manufacturers in the domestic sector typically try to differentiate on the basis of design variety and price, while in the commercial space, having a strong and reliable brand is important.

Home furniture is the largest segment in the Indian furniture market, accounting for about 65 per cent of furniture sales. This is followed by, the office furniture segment with a 20 per cent share and the contract segment, accounting for the remaining 15 per cent.

With the steady growth in the Indian economy and the consequent rise in living standards, the demand for furniture is expected to increase in India. The three key drivers that will have a significant impact on the sector are: Changing consumer demographics, Real estate/housing boom and Tourism and hospitality industry growth. The Indian wooden furniture industry is expected to grow by 20 percent in coming times.

The furniture industry in India currently employs a total of around 300,000 workers and with the growing furniture demand there will be huge employment opportunity in Indian wood and carpentry segment.

Wooden furniture and goods manufacturers across India

Towns and cities across India