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Innovation and on-going development are crucial to the health of any industry and much of this comes from the research carried out by the engineers, scientists, statisticians and modellers. Some of this happens within the industry and some of it in dedicated research centres such as the Universities and SCION.
Research is essential to improve the quantity and quality of wood produced. Scientists also develop new uses for wood fibre such as bio-fuels and strong composite materials for manufacturing. Their work is also critical to the environmental protection and biosecurity measures protecting this multi-billion dollar industry.
From planting to forest management and harvesting there is a job for most people who enjoy the outdoors. 98% of New Zealand’s wood comes from sustainably managed forests making this the ideal industry for the future.
The choice of jobs includes: chemical engineering and production work, the operation of highly sophisticated machinery and the production of fine furniture. You can start with a Polytech or University qualification or go straight into a job and train while you work.
This is also your chance to let us know some information about your career plans and what you would be interested hearing more about. We can also keep the industry up to date with what future professionals want to learn about their industry.