Sawmill machine operators control automated equipment to saw, trim, and plane rough lumber, and saw and split shingles/shakes.
Pulp mill machine operators run and monitor screening equipment, digesters, mixing tanks, and other machinery to produce pulp.
Papermaking machine operators run and monitor various papermaking and finishing equipment/machinery.
Paper converting machine operators fabricate and assemble paper products such as paper bags and boxes.
Other wood processing machine operators remove bark from logs, produce wood chips, preserve/treat wood, and produce waferboard, plywood, and similar wood products.
Lumber graders and other wood processing inspectors and graders inspect and grade lumber, shingles, particle board, and similar products as well as classify products according to industry standards.
1. Wood product manufacturing - 54.0%
2. Paper manufacturing - 35.0%
3. Forestry and logging - 2.0%
4. Wholesale trade - 2.0%
5. Furniture and related product manufacturing - 1.0%
1. In general, you usually need a high school diploma.
2. Employers usually provide on-the-job training and may provide formal training.
3. You may need experience in operating various machines as a labourer or utility maintenance worker.
4. You may need an industrial first-aid certificate.
5. To be a pulp mill machine operator, you may need a college diploma in forest products processing or a related subject.
6. To be a wood processing or sawmill machine operator, you may need college or company courses.
2. Computer Basics - Word and Excel
3. Machine Shop
4. Social Studies
The average hourly wages for Machine Operators and Related Workers in Pulp and Paper Production and Wood Processing is $18.55/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the processing, manufacturing and utilities sector and are above average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.