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Furniture Finishers and Refinishers  (NOC 9494)
Lower Mainland - Southwest Region
Description |  Titles |  Duties |   Related Occupations

Furniture finishers finish new wood or metal furniture to specified colour and finish. They are employed in furniture manufacturing plants, retail furniture stores or refinishing and repair shops. Furniture refinishers refinish repaired, used or old furniture. They are employed in furniture refinishing and repair shops or they may be self-employed.

finishing machine operator, furniture finisher, furniture polisher, furniture refinisher, furniture stainer, furniture stripper, touch-up person – furniture finishing, trimmer – furniture finishing, wash-off operator – furniture finishing, wood finisher.

Furniture finishers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Set up and operate finishing machines or finish furniture by hand
  • Stain or finish wood to specified colour with stains, paints or other materials using brush or spray gun
  • Apply toners, highlights, glazes or shaders to obtain desired finish
  • Apply lacquer or other sealers
  • Decorate wood surfaces or mark surfaces to create antique or other effects using hand and power tools
  • Clean and polish furniture
  • Sand metal furniture to prepare for finish and spray with paint or other materials.
Furniture refinishers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Strip old finish from wood surfaces using steel wool, sandpaper and solvents
  • Smooth gouges with wood filler and sand wood
  • Match colours to obtain original finish and apply appropriate finish to stripped wood
  • Polish and wax refinished surfaces
  • Sand or grind metal surfaces to prepare for coating, and paint metal surfaces using electrostatic method, spray gun or other painting equipment
  • Make minor repairs to furniture
  • May perform duties of furniture finisher.
Included Cities in Region | Service Canada Offices

Abbotsford, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, Chilliwack, Langley, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, White Rock, Gibsons, Mission, Aldergrove, Brunswick Beach, Crescent, Crescent Beach, Cultus Lake, Elgin, Fort Langley, Grandview, Lions Bay, McMillan Island, Ocean Park, South Surrey, Sunnyside, Willoughby

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Outlook & Prospects for Furniture Finishers and Refinishers in Lower Mainland - Southwest Region

The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.

Local Employment Potential Information

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Table on the employment potential for Furniture Finishers and Refinishers in Lower Mainland - Southwest Region as well as in the rest of the British Columbia.
Location Employment Potential Release Date
Lower Mainland - Southwest Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2014-05-22

For the 2013-2015 projection period, employment opportunities will be fair for Furniture Finishers and Refinishers (NOC 9494) in the Lower Mainland - Southwest region. Compared with all other occupations, more job openings are expected as a result of workers retiring or leaving this occupation. However, this will be offset by weaker than average employment growth, as well as a proportionately larger number of unemployed workers with experience in this occupation that may compete for available jobs.

According to the 2011 National Household Survey, the average age for this occupation in the Lower Mainland - Southwest region was 43 years and 12% of workers were 55 years old and older.

Local Labour Market News

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