A process engineer in finishing in Moorefield, West Virginia was at the top list of hundreds of wood manufacturing positions opened at job placement website Monster.com, along with a scenic carpenter at Staging Dimensions in New Castle, Delaware, and a wood fabrication technician for Janicki Industries Inc., in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. 

As cabinetry, furniture and architectural woodwork firms enjoy the benefits of recovery, they are also facing a shortage of workers, in both skilled and semi-skilled positions. 

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Janicki Industries (below), which supplies composite tools, prototypes and parts, fabricating advanced composites and other materials including engineered wood, uses its own proprietary, large-scale, high-precision 5-axis CNC mills. Serving the aerospace, marine, energy, space and transportation industries, Janicki uses SAP for enterprise resource management. 

Aaron Carlson Corporation, a 125-year-old architectural woodworking company in Minneapolis, has posted 12 positions at Monster.com in the last two months, including salesmen, cabinetmaking trainees, and truck drivers, as well as executive level Project Managers for millwork projects. 

Aaron Carlson says its project managers "are members of the senior management team and are primarily responsible for managing projects so that our team creates high levels of customer satisfaction. Secondarily, PMs develop new business, and grow repeat business, through relationships they cultivate with satisfied members of their customers project teams."

Exactly as would be expected, project managers work with the drafting room on the drawings, and make certain the drawings are in compliance with proposals. Projects are broken down into shop tickets to which production hours are assigned, based on the estimator's bid and the project manager makes certain the work can be produced within the capacity constraints of the shop.

And that finishing position is very likely to be at American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ: AMWD), which made a $30 million expansion to its South Branch manufacturing facility located in Moorefield, West Virginia. The expansion, announced in 2014, increased the size of thefacility by 100,000 square feet and added 80 new jobs.  The finishing engineer will provide expertise in sanding and finishing, managing two direct reports, engage the firm's key finishing vendor in the development of new colors and the advancement offinishing capabilities, develop and document standard operating procedures related to material, equipment and processes and evelop internal expertise in stain mixing with standardization across finishing.
 

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