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CAREERS IN THE WOOD-RELATED INDUSTRIES. SEGMENTS OF THE INDUSTRY  Primary -- Sawmill and forestry operations, extracting and milling of logs  Secondary.

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2 SEGMENTS OF THE INDUSTRY  Primary -- Sawmill and forestry operations, extracting and milling of logs  Secondary -- Wood products manufacturing such as cabinets, millwork, furniture and other wood products  Suppliers -- Companies that make the machinery and supplies used in wood products manufacturing such as CNC routers, saws, edgebanders, wood panels, flooring, veneers, hardware, soft goods such as upholstery and bedding materials

3 ALL SECTORS NEED SKILLED WORKERS  Just like any other industry, there is a vast range of job types, from sales and marketing, to design, computer skilled jobs, machine operation, plant supervision and many more.  This PowerPoint, which spotlights careers from the Secondary and Supplier segments, is just a small sampling of the varied jobs within the industry.

4 CAREER PROFILES The profiles of job positions that follow are held by industry veterans with many years experience (and who will need to be replaced when they retire) as well as recent students who have found employment in the industry.

5 JOB POSITION #1: OWNER, FURNITURE DESIGN COMPANY Martin Goebel, Co-Founder, Director of Production Goebel & Co. Furniture Innovative furniture design company, St. Louis, MO

6 Job Characteristics  Create product designs (prototyping)  Manage production, manufacturing, the supply chain, contractors and client relations  Work with vendors, retailers and clients

7 Martin created the design for “Cruz Stool” with 3-D modeling software; he produces it with CNC technology. He then creates custom finishes to please a variety of customers.


9 Martin seeks out wood in the community slated for removal or felled by storms. This table was made from a salvaged log like those in the photo.

10 JOB POSITION #1: OWNER Martin’s Background:  Fine Woodworking Certificate from College of the Redwoods, CA  BFA, Studio Fine Arts, University of Missouri  MFA, Furniture Design, Rhode Island School of Design

11 JOB POSITION #2: MACHINE TECHNICIAN Luis Rodriguez, Maintenance Technician Wood Manufacturing Technology Cerritos Community College Norwalk, CA

12  Keep machines properly adjusted and clean for safety and optimum performance  Parts ordering and inventory; work with vendors and outside technicians  Design jigs for various procedures; create procedures lists  Work with staff and students on operation of new equipment Job Characteristics

13 Luis is sharpening the carbide knives on the cutter head of an Oliver planer.

14 Luis checks the SawStop table saw, which has a flesh- sensing gauge that shoots a cartridge into the saw blade to stop it instantly. It is called the “blade brake safety system.”

15 Luis is replacing the overhead table saw guard and splitter, which prevents wood from closing on the back edge of the blade and creating a “kickback.”

16 JOB POSITION #2: MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN Luis’ Background:  AA in Auto Tech (mechanical background)  AA in Wood Manufacturing Technology

17 JOB POSITION #3: TEXTILE AND SUPPLY SALES Gene Valcke, Manager Hanes Fabrics Company, a division of Hanes Industries Cerritos, CA

18 Job Characteristics  Sales and marketing of textiles and products used in residential and commercial furnishings  Identify and assist in development of new products for furnishings manufacturers  Evaluate national and regional sales trends

19 Gene is reviewing a processing order with the slitter operator, who customizes the cuts needed by various customers.

20 The upholsterer is applying construction textiles over the chair frame to protect the padding and upholstery from abrasion by the springs.

21 JOB POSITION #3: TEXTILE AND SUPPLY SALES Gene’s Background:  Wayne State University, Marketing and Geography  Over 40 years experience in home furnishings and soft goods

22 Heather Hull, Field Service Representative Stiles Machinery, Inc. Rancho Cucamonga, CA JOB POSITION #4: FIELD SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE

23 Job Characteristics  Install and service sliding table saws, edgebanders, panel saws and wide belt sanders.

24 Heather is instructing customers on the proper techniques of the sliding table saw at a “Lunch and Learn,” an informal gathering sponsored by her company.

25 This is the first beam saw that Heather installed on her own.

26 This is a Brandt edgebander that Heather installed in a high school shop.

27 JOB POSITION #4: FIELD SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE Heather’s Background:  Riverside Community College, CA (electrical training)  Stiles University, classes in specialized application

28 Steve Regele, Vice President of Sales & Marketing Blum, Inc. Stanley, NC JOB POSITION #5: SALES AND MARKETING

29  Direct/train the internal marketing and customer service teams and the external sales force  Develop sales plans in align with corporate objectives and product program strategies  Prepare budgets  Coordinate product launches in the market  Serve as member of Top Management team Job Characteristics

30 Steve’s job requires considerable people contact, both within and outside of the organization, so he is generally a “suit and tie” guy.

31 Sales team members continually hone their skills and learn about the features of new products.

32 JOB POSITION #5: SALES AND MARKETING Steve’s Background:  Mechanical Engineering Degree  Business Administration Courses  Involvement with trade associations, including acting as board member

33 Vince Burson, Territory Sales Rep Biesse America Southern California JOB POSITION #6: MACHINERY SALES

34 Job Characteristics  Cover regional area selling CNC routers, edgebanders, panel saws and sanders  Directly contact manufacturing businesses in the wood and plastics industries

35 Vince is also a Luthier—a maker of musical instruments. Shown here is a reproduction of a Dyer Harp Guitar.

36 JOB POSITION #6: MACHINERY SALES Vince’s Background:  Trained in cabinetmaking  Sales as a distributor and manufacturer’s rep covering as many as 15 states  Self-taught guitar maker

37 JOB POSITION #7: ENGINEER TECH AND ESTIMATOR Adam Kessler, Engineer Tech and Estimator DatesWeiser Furniture Corporation Buffalo, NY

38 Job Characteristics  Create CAD drawings, taking into account any material limitations  Get quotes for materials or fabrication needing to be outsourced  Calculate material and labor costs for furniture pieces  Check final drawings for accuracy; prepare cut lists, itemized materials and finishes lists and bill of materials for production

39 Adam is making job packets to go to the factory floor. These include the drawings, cut sheets and bill of materials.

40 Adam checks out a table on the factory floor. The table has power/data boxes with lids, a microphone/ speaker plate (that he designed) and a flat screen TV that pops up out of the base.

41 Fresh Wood competition winner in 2011!

42 JOB POSITION #7: ENGINEER TECH AND ESTIMATOR Adam’s Background:  Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY, A.S.  Buffalo State College, B.S. in Wood/Furniture and B.S. in Fibers Design

43 JOB POSITION #8: PRODUCT MANAGER Michael Cassell, North American CNC Product Manager Holz-Her USA Charlotte, NC

44  Sales, marketing and support of the CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Product Line  Develop sales and marketing materials to support products  Teach and assist regional sales managers, dealers and customers on the product line and its applications Job Characteristics

45 Mike instructs an audience of manufacturers in CNC technology at the AWFS ® Fair in Las Vegas, one of the industry’s largest woodworking shows.

46 Holz-Her is a wood machinery equipment manufacturer. They sell edgebanders, vertical and horizontal panel saws, wide belt sanders and CNC machines for panel processing.

47 JOB POSITION #8: PRODUCT MANAGER Mike’s background:  University of North Carolina  30 years field experience in machine tools

48 JOB POSITION #9: MASTER WOODWORKER, FURNITUREMAKER Paul Schürch, Owner Schürch Woodwork Santa Barbara, CA

49 Job Characteristics  Design/build custom, high-end furniture & architectural elements, specializing in marquetry and inlay  Teach skill-building workshops, deliver lectures to colleges, trade schools and industry fairs throughout the country  Creator of videos, books on specialty skills and furniture design  Repair of fine antique furniture

50 Paul is finishing a custom marquetry wall piece in his shop.

51 A custom chest with a floral marquetry pattern

52 Paul (top center in blue) teaches a week-long marquetry class in Arizona. Students display their completed projects.

53 JOB POSITION #9: MASTER WOODWORKER Paul’s Background:  Piano and church organ-building apprenticeship in Switzerland  Boat building study in England  Marquetry study in Italy  Holds title of Master Furniture Maker

54 JOB POSITION #10: INSPECTOR OF FINISHED CARPENTRY Randa Vargas, Director of Architectural Services Woodwork Institute Southern California

55 Job Characteristics  Deliver seminars to architects, general contractors and manufacturers on finish carpentry topics  Review construction documents for compliance based on the Architectural Woodwork Standards manual  Inspect manufacturers’ shop drawings, product, product assembly, site conditions and installation

56 Randa makes a site inspection to determine if the jobsite is compliant. A log tag device (in photo foreground) is used to track temperature and humidity of the room, critical for the installation process.

57 This is a typical material sheet required when submitting shop drawings for inspection and review by the architect.

58 Randa (right) served as the Editor of the newsletter for the San Diego chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).

59 JOB POSITION #10: INSPECTOR OF FINISHED CARPENTRY Randa’s Background:  Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA  Ongoing workshops, seminars and webinars to stay current with industry

60 JOB POSITION #11: SHOP SUPERINTENDENT Saúl Martín, Shop Superintendent Architectural Woodworking Company Monterey Park, CA

61 Job Characteristics  Oversee all shop activity to ensure maximum productivity  Create/change drawings and generating programs  Supervise plant crew, hire and fire, train and cross-train  Diagnose and repair machines that are down and return to fully functioning state ASAP  Ensure procedures for safe and clean working environment

62 Saúl (right) and co- worker review a blueprint to determine specific details to be completed before shipping.

63 Preparing a case that will be trimmed out.

64 Saúl and co-worker at the Point to Point machine computer screen going over parameters of horizontal boring.

65 Interiors created by AWC

66 JOB POSITION #11: SHOP SUPERINTENDENT Saúl’s Background:  Los Angeles Trade Technical College  Local 721, Cabinetmakers and Millmen, California Journeyman’s Card  Professional courses in AutoCAD, CNC, Lean Mfg., Advanced Excel, Point to Point

67 WHAT ADVICE DO THESE PEOPLE HAVE FOR YOU?  Getting a degree can’t hurt.  We are all born with different talents, skills and abilities. We add to these through education and experience. No matter what your job, be involved, show up and learn from the opportunity.  If you want to be a maker, understand what you are trying to design, create or sell. School is a great place to get the basics. Later you can expand your knowledge base.

68 WHAT ADVICE DO THESE PEOPLE HAVE FOR YOU?  Learn from the ground up, all aspects—don’t think you are going to start at the top.  The opportunities are limitless if you put your mind to it and make yourself marketable. Take a variety of courses because you never know what job may end up becoming your passion.

69 WHAT ADVICE DO THESE PEOPLE HAVE FOR YOU?  Stay engaged in your technical courses. These skills are desperately needed in the woodworking industries.  Network and try many different things. The more exposure you have, the better you can determine your calling.  Find out as much as you can about the industry. Join industry associations.

70 WHAT ADVICE DO THESE PEOPLE HAVE FOR YOU?  Learn to work with different materials and develop as may skills as possible. If interested in the furniture world, learn CAD.  Enjoy what you are doing! Don’t be afraid to make mistakes—they are learning experiences.  Push yourself to do something you have never done before or something you love. Make it exciting for yourself! The more passion you have, the better you will do.

71 IDENTIFY YOUR STRENGTHS AND PREFERENCES Do you like…Then you might like… Working with, meeting and talking to people? Sales, marketing, team leader, management Tinkering and fixing things?Machine operator, machine technician, furniture repair/restoration, hardware sales/installation Designing and creatingFurniture or cabinet maker, product designer, machinery design/engineering

72 IDENTIFY YOUR STRENGTHS AND PREFERENCES Do you like…Then you might like… Organizing, creating order and efficiency Plant manager, office administrator, procedures developer, quality management Motivating people, public speakingTeam captain, product trainer, teacher, inspector ComputersProduct design, drawing, CNC operator, marketing, social media expert

73 If you have identified the woodworking industry as right for you… there is a place for you, no matter where your interest lies!

74 A huge number of workers are preparing to retire from this industry. With preparation, you can choose the job you want!

75 INDUSTRY FACTS U.S. manufacturing has added workers in 2010, 2011 and 2012. But one thing holding back more growth is... There are currently over 600,000 unfilled positions in U.S. manufacturing due to the lack of skilled labor. the availability of skilled workers.

76 INDUSTRY FACTS Today’s modernized plants lean heavily on computers, software and automation, a trend referred to as “advanced manufacturing.” The hands-on experiences you gain in CTE classes will give you an edge in adapting to these advanced systems.

77 Manufacturing facilities today are clean, bright, appealing places to work.

78 INDUSTRY FACTS Wood-related companies that moved to China are coming back! The competitive advantage has shrunk by nearly 50% and continues to decrease due to high shipping costs, rising energy prices and rising salaries in China.

79 INDUSTRY FACTS According to Boston Consulting Group, residential furnishings is one of seven segments that will return to U.S. factories from overseas by 2015. This could create 2 to 3 million jobs.

80 Sample Salary Survey This is an estimated guide to salaries which will fluctuate depending on number of years and breadth of experience as well as on geographic region. OccupationHourly Rate Cabinetmaker$13-40 Coating, Painting and Spraying Machine $16 Operator Computer and Info Systems Mgr $47 Computer Controlled Machine Operator$16-17 Designer$13-40 Drafter$20 Estimator$13-40 Finisher$15

81 Salaries, cont. Foreman$18-40 Inspector$18-20 Installation, Maintenance and Repair$23-25 Machinery Maintenance Worker $20 Marketing Manager$46 Material Handler$13 Project Manager$28 Sales, Mfg. Technical Products$36-40 Supervisor of Production and Workers$22-28 Woodworking Machine Setter, Operator$13-14 From Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2011, the AWI Cost of Doing Business Report and Cabinet Makers Association Survey, 2011

82 Check out this video on jobs in the architectural woodwork segment of the industry: Want to hear directly from people in the industry?

83 Start on your path today. The woodworking and related industries will welcome you!

84 This PowerPoint was prepared by: Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers ® (AWFS) A non-profit trade association based in Commerce, CA, serving the suppliers to the commercial and residential furnishings industries.

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