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Kiln Operator (Wood Operator)

Timber and wood production workers assist with the milling, processing and merchandising of timber and timber products such as sawn timber, timber mouldings, roof trusses, wall frames, laminated beams, plywood, hardboard, fibreboard, laminates and veneered products.

Duties & Tasks
Timber and wood production workers may perform the following tasks:
  • select types and grades of timber and measure and cut to order
  • operate bandsaws, gangsaws or circular saws to convert logs to usable timber
  • support and guide timber being sawn
  • assist with the production of veneers, plywoods, laminates and paper products, often using sophisticated computerised equipment
  • assemble fabricated products such as timber frames and trusses
  • undertake specialist operations such as kiln drying and visual or mechanical stress grading
  • stack and pack timber and prepare it for dispatch
  • operate forklifts
  • undertake administrative tasks such as record keeping, including tallying and ordering.
  • Working conditions
    Most timber and wood production workers are employed in regional centres, in businesses ranging from small sawmills to large processing and manufacturing plants. The work can sometimes be physically demanding. However, working conditions have improved with the introduction of new technology and specialist equipment.
    Personal requirements
  • enjoy practical work
  • enjoy working with timber and timber products
  • alert and safety-conscious
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • basic mathematical ability.
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