Soli wood

Solid wood

It takes nearly three decades for a radiata pine tree to grow to maturity in the forest, so raw logs need to be processed with great care and accuracy to extract the maximum timber – and value – out of each one.

Finger Jointers

Careers Information

What do they do?

Finger jointers set, operate and maintain finger jointing machinery. They also diagnose product and joint defects and put in place corrections to meet production quality requirements.

Typical day

Typically, 8-10 hour days. Weekend work may be required. Finger jointers grade the quality of wood arriving at the machine, assemble wood for processing, check glue specification and ratio, test and inspect finger joint quality and maintain the machine.

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

• Maths or Accounting or Economics

• Computing / ICT / Information Management


• Confident communicator

• Good literacy and numeracy

• Confidence with IT, computers, technology

• Good work habits/time

Helpful experience

• Customer service or helping people

• Working with machinery

Preferred work environments

• Inside (workshop or plant)

• Different places from
time to time

How much could I earn?

Icn Money

Newly Qualified

$35k - $50k

Career Pathway

School Entry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs

NCEA Level 2 is ideal

Finger Jointer

Team Leader


Unit/Achievement standards in schools Traineeship or Apprenticeship Higher learning Higher learning

What do we offer?

  • We partner with industry associations and members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential learners, and encouraging work placements.
  • We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.
  • When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the industry and the skills learners and businesses need.