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Holzmechaniker/in - Wood mechanic

Country: Germany
Type of training: Work-linked training
High School Leaving Certificate: Technical Baccalaureate
Training duration: Anytime

As a wood mechanic, wood is your specialty! You manufacture furniture and interior fittings or operate production facilities and install tools and equipment. Whatever wood you get your hands on, it will be handled, packaged and stored properly. Because you can recognize the types and properties of wood and wood-based materials while you sleep. This is how you get the most suitable wood for your production and turn it into stairs, windows, doors, furniture or shelves. With your help, furniture stores keep selling new furniture so their customers can be comfortable and turn on their TV on the new TV bench!

What does a wood mechanic learn in training?

The dual training to become a wood mechanic takes three years and is divided into two subjects. On the one hand, you can opt for an apprenticeship as a wood mechanic in the field of "furniture construction and interior design". You will supervise the production facilities that are used to manufacture furniture. Whether you want to produce a custom-made dressing room or a dining table - as a wood mechanic, this is no problem for you!

What does a wood mechanic do?

You choose the right raw wood that matches your furniture perfectly in terms of hardness. If you want to make a shelf, beech or cherry are in high demand, and chipboard is needed for elements that need to be bent. The wood-based materials are then sawn with machines according to the specifications of the order and processed further. The edges are rounded or ground into the right shape so that you don't get hurt. All the work creates a lot of noise and dust. So you shouldn't be so sensitive and a dust allergy is not a problem in this job either. Respirators as well as hearing protection and protective clothing are a must! After cleaning, milling and sanding the components, bleach, stain, fill and paint the surfaces. This allows you to achieve various effects and protect the surface at the same time. The final step is to assemble the individual components exactly. You dowel and glue the shelves, drill holes and attach fittings. The functionality of the finished piece of furniture should then be checked and if all goes well, you will pack and store it professionally.

If you opt for the other subject, namely "construction elements, wooden packing materials and frames", your daily work will of course also be different. The work on wood can start with electronically controlled machines. Windows, doors or steps: this is your territory. You saw, mill and grind to assemble the components at the end. Holes are drilled, fittings are attached and components are doweled. In the end, the finished parts are of course checked by professionals to make sure everything is correct. Then you pack the products and store them properly. If components are to be installed on site, you must pack them securely for transport so that nothing breaks. You bring the frames, doors or steps to the place of use and assemble them there in consultation with your customer. Regardless of the specialty you choose, you should know that working on the machines means physical effort. Noise and dust should not be underestimated either and can cause serious damage if you do not wear adequate respiratory and hearing protection. It is therefore essential that you comply with the safety measures prescribed during your training, so nothing can go wrong!

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