To work as a woodworking machine operator, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
- complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Some woodworking machine operators learn their skills through formal training. They take courses at professional-technical schools or two-year colleges.
Previous work as a carpenter is very helpful for this occupation.
Most woodworking machine operators learn their skills on the job from an experienced worker. In this case, you begin working as a helper. Basic tasks take a few months to learn. Training typically lasts up to one year.