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      Timber Manufactured Products

      Summary of occupation

      Timber Manufactured Products (TMP) workers assemble prepared timber to form structures and ready-to-install fittings. This involves cutting timber joints and cutting timber to template size and shape. These products range from timber products to timber pallets to furniture and joinery aligned outcomes.

      ANZSCO description:

      Cuts, shapes and fits timber parts in workshops to form structures and fittings, ready for installation. Registration or licensing may be required.

      Alternative names:



      Joiner Special Class, Joinery Machinist, Joinery Patternmaker, Joinery Setter-out,

      Job Prospects:


      Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

      A TMP worker needs:

      • to enjoy practical and manual work, and especially appreciate working with wood
      • to have good health, eyesight and hand-eye coordination
      • to have some mathematical ability
      • to be able to work as part of a team
      • to be able to lift heavy objects.

      Working Conditions

      TMP worker normally work 38 hours, Monday to Friday in a workshop or at a clients’ home or business. Overtime may be necessary when there are deadlines to meet. TMP worker work in a noisy and dusty environment.

      Most TMP worker are employed within a manufacturing business or a timber yard, preparing and assembling timber components etc., ready for installation on-site.

      Qualified Salary Details

      On average, TMP workers can expect to earn at least between $657 and $702 per week ($34159 and $36494 per year) depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a worker develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

      Tools and Technologies

      To become a TMP worker you usually need to complete a traineeship. Timber manufactured Products traineeships usually take 24 months to complete. This traineeship is not available as a school-based traineeship.

      Education and Training/Entrance Requirements

      To become an air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic, you usually need to complete an apprenticeship. The air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic – engineering trade apprenticeship usually takes 48 months to complete and is available as a school-based apprenticeship.

      To work with refrigerant chemicals in Australia, you must apply for a refrigerant handling licence from the Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC). Contact ARC for more information.

      Apprenticeships and Traineeships

      As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

      If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

      Related Apprenticeships

      • Joinery (Housing)

      Recognition of Prior Learning

      If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.