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
undertake administrative tasks such as record keeping, including tallying and ordering.
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.
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.