What does it involve?
Wood processing workers:
- operate sawmill machinery
- operate log loaders and fork-lifts
- sort, stack and grade timber
- trim timber pieces to a standard length
- record timber sizes and grades and the amount of timber in the yard
- clean the work areas and equipment
- package and wrap timber for delivery.
How could I get into the industry
There are no specific entry requirements to become a wood processing worker, though a fork-lift licence may be useful. Wood processing workers need to be:
- careful and efficient
- able to remain calm under pressure.
Useful experience includes previous work in the timber or forestry industries, work with heavy machinery and/or engineering experience.
Wood processing workers need to have a good level of health and fitness. They also need to have normal colour vision and good hand-eye co-ordination.
Skills and knowledge
Wood processing workers need to have knowledge of the sawmill process
- knowledge of timber characteristics
- the sizes and grades of timber required for different products
- safety procedures.
The also need mechanical skills to do basic machinery maintenance.
How much could I earn?