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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9434 Occupation: Other wood processing machine operators
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Machine operators in this unit group operate and tend wood processing equipment and machines to remove bark from logs, produce wood chips, preserve and treat wood, and produce waferboards, particleboards, hardboards, insulation boards, plywood, veneers and similar wood products. They are employed in sawmills, woodrooms of pulp mills, planing mills, wood treatment plants, waferboard plants and other wood processing plants. Machine operators in this unit group operate and tend wood processing equipment and machines to remove bark from logs, produce wood chips, preserve and treat wood, and produce waferboards, particleboards, hardboards, insulation boards, plywood, veneers and similar wood products. They are employed in sawmills, woodrooms of pulp mills, planing mills, wood treatment plants, waferboard plants and other wood processing plants.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2 3
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2


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Reading
  • Read notes from supervisors regarding kiln operations and maintenance. (1)
  • Read memos to learn what volume and sizes of wood products are on order to plan how and when to adjust the equipment. (2)
  • Read memos regarding job postings, changes in policy and upcoming company events. (2)
  • Read safety bulletins and machine lockout procedures. (2)
  • Read lathe manuals to solve mechanical problems without having to call maintenance workers. (3)
  • Refer to kiln operation and maintenance manuals to learn how to test moisture levels in wood before and during drying or to diagnose and fix kiln problems. (3)
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Writing
  • Write notes to the next shift's workers about unusual occurrences during shifts. (1)
  • Write notes to supervisors to order needed parts or to suggest changes or improvements in procedures. (2)
  • Write explanatory notes on the operator's report about specific situations encountered while debarking. (2)
  • Complete forms such as tally sheets, quality assurance forms and moisture content inspection reports. (2)
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Document Use
  • Read lists of control system faults. (1)
  • Read safety signs in mills and the labels on equipment control panels. (1)
  • Complete tally sheets for kilns when they are loaded, checking off widths and lengths of lumber. (1)
  • Record data onto particleboard press reports, such as press times and temperatures, dryer temperatures and board thickness. (1)
  • Complete kiln quality assurance check forms, recording data such as the date, charge number, time in and out, total drying time and refinement times. (1)
  • Read moisture content testing charts, listing moisture content percentage readings for tests done per kiln load. (2)
  • Read bucking specification sheets showing for various log lengths, the total length of the log and lengths to buck from the top, mid and butt sections of the log. (2)
  • Read bills of lading for trucks being loaded with lumber. (2)
  • Refer to kiln schedules to determine the type of wood to be dried, drying times and kiln temperature settings. (2)
  • Complete downtime sheet indicating the time on each shift when machines were not operating and the reasons why they were not operating. (2)
  • Read computer screens to check how much drying time is left on each kiln and the temperature inside the kilns. (2)
  • Read schematic drawings of lathe or clipper equipment or of hydraulic motors to troubleshoot mechanical problems. (3)
  • Read line graphs plotting a kiln's humidity and temperature levels along a time axis and a heat output axis to determine if heating times should be increased or decreased. (3)
  • Read computer-generated bar and line graphs providing information about percents of motor output, volume of resin input per minute and press hydraulic pressure. (3)
  • Look at illustrations on computer-generated analogue schematics representing kilns and charges of lumber to understand how equipment operates and to troubleshoot mechanical problems. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer-controlled equipment. For example, use computerized kilns and moisture meters. (1)
  • Use computer-assisted design, manufacture or machining. For example, use computerized equipment, such as lathes. (1)
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Oral Communication
  • Ask watchmen or other workers for assistance when loading kilns. (1)
  • Communicate with yard workers and truck drivers when loading and unloading charges of lumber. (1)
  • Talk with lumber handlers when loading lumber onto skids and into kilns to ensure the lumber is lined up properly. (1)
  • Give instructions to co-workers regarding forklift operations. (2)
  • Discuss test results with quality controllers. (2)
  • Discuss kiln operating problems with the millwrights who repair them. (2)
  • Interact with supervisors to discuss computer readouts and clarify cutting orders. (2)
  • Communicate with customers concerning orders they have placed for logs of a certain dimension. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Keep track of each part of the production process, noting whether production tasks are on schedule. (1)
  • Run press loads of boards through production lines, monitoring how adjustments in the timing of one part of the schedule will affect other stages. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • When doing peels with lathes, measure spans between spur knives to ensure they are in the right positions. (1)
  • Read dials and gauges to ensure that volumes of material, speeds of belts, temperatures of presses and dryers and percentages of moisture fall within specifications for optimum production. (1)
  • Calculate how many 12-foot pieces of lumber can fit into a one hundred foot kiln. (2)
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Data Analysis
  • Record the temperatures of kilns during particular time periods, analyzing the records to ensure the kiln is not heating up too quickly. (1)
  • Read numerical data on computer-generated reports and graphs to decide how to adjust temperature, time, fans and vents in a kiln. (2)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate whether a log's diameter is under a certain measurement. (1)
  • Estimate the length of drying time, considering the time of year and how long the lumber has been sitting in the yard. (2)
  • Estimate the length of time it will take to fill bins with material of one dimension before changing settings to another dimension. (2)
  • Estimate how much time the charge needs to be heated to dry it to the specified moisture content. Assess the degree of deviation from specified tolerances, the dimensions of lumber that are in the charge, if any one side of the charge is wetter and how adjustments to the fan and venting will affect the drying time. If the lumber is overdried, it may crack in the planer. (3)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • When using production line equipment, as in particleboard manufacturing or veneer peeling, the sequence of tasks is dictated by the line equipment, but the operators control the timing and speeds of the line. The process is generally routine, although often hectic, involving moving logs and lumber on conveyors, debarking or peeling logs and operating particle board screens, pumps and presses. Schedules may change if problems arise such as pipes bursting or belts breaking. (2)
  • Wood processing machine operators in this group follow production schedules determined by their supervisors and customer requests. They plan maintenance tasks such as making knife changes and size settings in order to create the least downtime. They plan how many press loads of each dimension to produce in each shift and when to make size changes to maximize efficiency. When using production line equipment, as in particleboard manufacturing or veneer peeling, the sequence of tasks is dictated by the line equipment, but the operators control the timing and speeds of the line. The process is generally routine, although often hectic, involving moving logs and lumber on conveyors, debarking or peeling logs and operating particle board screens, pumps and presses. Schedules may change if problems arise such as pipes bursting or belts breaking. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide whether to free a jammed log by operating controls or whether to get out of the control booth and use force. Take into account the likelihood of damaging machinery and the affect on production speed when deciding how to cope with the jam. (1)
  • Decide which charge to put into kilns next, considering priorities, the length of different types of timber and the amount needed to fill the kiln. (2)
  • Decide if wet loads of lumber should be returned to the kiln for further drying or left to finish drying in the yard. (2)
  • Decide how to buck logs to get the most prime lengths from them while producing the least waste. Follow bucking specifications, custom order notes and your own assessment of the quality of the logs. (2)
  • Decide how to set and adjust production equipment. Base decisions on past experience and on your assessment of how the process is going and how each adjustment will affect the rest of the process. (2)
  • Decide whether to shut down or delay production when equipment problems occur. Assess at what stage of production the plant is and whether a size change is nearing which would require stopping anyway. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • There is brown staining of the wood. Reduce the heat to dry wood at milder temperatures. (1)
  • Deal with lifts of lumber that are not straight. Attempt to straighten them out manually or send them back to be stacked again. (1)
  • Logs are getting hung up on conveyors. Leave the control booths and use hooks and chains to pull them free without damaging machinery. (2)
  • Crooked logs have become stuck in the debarker between the infeed and outfeed. Determine the cause of the problem and find a way to get the log out. (2)
  • Kilns are not working at specified levels of drying times. Troubleshoot to discover the source of the problem. (2)
  • Quality problems have been discovered, such as blowouts in particleboard resulting from imbalances in face and core moisture levels. Assess and adjust factors such as the thickness of core and face layers, heat in dryers and presses, moisture in materials and belt speeds. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Refer to drying schedules which are posted on walls close by the kilns. (1)
  • Check computers that control kilns, to see how much time is left and what the temperature is. (1)
  • Talk with managers or resin supply companies about new kinds of resins and ways to use them. (2)
  • Contact supervisors or millwrights about equipment failures in order to find the most effective option for repairs. (2)
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