Profession wood pallet maker

Wood pallet makers create wood pallets for use in storage, shipping and manipulation of goods. Pallet makers operate a machine that takes in usually low-grade softwood planks treated with heat or chemicals and nails them together. The material and shape of the pallets, the treatment methods, and the number and pattern of nails used are all highly standardised to make exchange of used pallets possible.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Types of pallets

    The structure, properties and use of the two main types of pallets: stringer and block pallets.

  • Pallet dimensions

    The standardization and regulation of the different dimensions of pallets, such as ISO pallets, North American pallets or European pallets.


  • Ensure conformity to specifications

    Ensure that the assembled products are conform to the specifications given.

  • Operate forklift

    Operate a forklift, a vehicle with a pronged device in front for lifting and carrying heavy loads.

  • Work safely with machines

    Check and safely operate machines and equipment required for your work according to manuals and instructions.

  • Dispose of cutting waste material

    Dispose of possibly hazardous waste material created in the cutting process, such as swarf, scrap and slugs, sort according to regulations, and clean up workplace.

Optional knowledge and skills

inspect quality of products types of wood produce customised products prepare production reports replace sawing blade on machine operate thickness planer machine keep records of work progress operate wood sawing equipment perform machine maintenance check quality of raw materials carry out measurements of parts inspect machinery operate nail gun operate nailing machinery consult technical resources conduct routine machinery checks identify hazards in the workplace stack empty pallets pallets loading heat materials record production data for quality control woodworking processes