Apprentice Wood Machinist – WMTUM1023

AKD has a long standing and successful Apprenticeship Program with over 70 apprentices consistently in training across our business. Applications are now open for a motivated and driven candidates to join our experience and qualified team as a Wood Machinist Apprentice on our Tumut site.

AKD is a forestry products company, growing and manufacturing sustainable quality timber products. With operations across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria we have 1,000 plus strong team members and are passionate about what we do!

At AKD, we invest in our employees’ future through development and training opportunities to cater for a wide range of people and their chosen career path. Learning and development is for everyone, and we provide opportunities from entry level to experienced and everything in between.

As an Apprentice Wood Machinist you will gain qualification in Certificate III in Wood Machining.

A Wood Machinist is a highly skilled trade at a sawmill and at AKD they set up, operate and maintain machines such as automated planers/moulders and saws to cut, plane and profile timber to specifications. This involves selecting and setting up knives and cutters to machinery, aligning knives, operating machines to cut, plane and profile timber, and cleaning and maintaining machines and equipment.

As an Wood Machinist at AKD you could do a range of tasks including:

  • Sharpen, maintain and set knives and saws
  • Perform saw changes
  • Alignment of machine centres
  • Machine maintenance
  • Instructing operators
  • Problem Solving and fixing faults
  • Optimise planer and timber recovery

Our apprentices work in hands-on environment and gain the skills to work across many different parts of our business in a supportive learning and development environment whilst having the opportunity to work on state-of-the-art equipment and multimillion-dollar projects.

Benefits of an AKD Apprenticeship:

  • Complete a nationally recognised qualification
  • Highest level of training from skilled and experienced tradespeople
  • Establish a career with Australia’s leading sawmill
  • Working with cutting edge equipment and new technology
  • Learn while you earn
  • Opportunities to travel to other sites
  • Obtain various licences and tickets
  • Open to mature age entry

We have a dedicated Training Manager to guide and support your overall training experience while undertaking your apprenticeship.

Throughout and post the completion of the program there is opportunities for experience to be gained at our other sites/locations, with accommodation and travel support provided.

This is a full-time fixed-term position with a promising future. With a commitment of 3-4 years required to complete your trade, gain on the job training, and attend trade school, individuals must be highly motivated, flexible and keen to learn.

To apply: email your application form (click here) & resume using reference code ‘WMTUM1023’ to

Applications Close: 31st October 2023

Note: Pre-employment drug and alcohol, along with functional capacity testing, will be required.