Profession chipper operator

Chipper operators tend machines that chip wood into small pieces for use in particle board, for further processing into pulp, or for use in its own right. Wood is fed into the chipper and shredded or crushed using a variety of mechanisms.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Quality standards

    The national and international requirements, specifications and guidelines to ensure that products, services and processes are of good quality and fit for purpose.


  • Supply machine

    Ensure the machine is fed the necessary and adequate materials and control the placement or automatic feed and retrieval of work pieces in the machines or machine tools on the production line.

  • Monitor chipper machine

    Monitor in-feed and clear the chipper equipment of debris to avoid blockages and jams in order to secure a free flow of materials.

  • Drive chipper truck

    Drive chipper trucks or vans, from which the machine is often controlled and operated. Use the vehicle for pickups of processed wood materials in forest job sites.

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

    Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.

  • Conform to health and safety regulations

    Carry out all work in accordance with relevant environmental and health and safety legislation, risk assessment requirements and company policies. Take the necessary health and safety precautions during work including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate.

  • Operate wood chipper

    Operate wood chipper machine by inserting long logs, poles, and pieces of timber, producing wood chips.

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • Sharpen edged tools

    Identify dull edges to sharp tools, or any defect in the edge. Use appropriate equipment to safely and effectively sharpen the tool. Maintain and protect sharpened tools. Report irreparable faults to the appropriate person.

  • Monitor gauge

    Oversee the data presented by a gauge concerning the measurement of pressure, temperature, thickness of a material, and others.

  • Work safely with machines

    Check and safely operate machines and equipment required for your work according to manuals and instructions.

  • Manage logs transfer

    Select logs from storage and coordinate their transportation. Keep up with schedules and production requirements.

  • Adjust properties of cut

    Adjust cut sizes and depths of cutting tools. Adjust heights of worktables and machine-arms.

Optional knowledge and skills

inspect wood materials process timber using hand-fed machinery de-limb trees types of sawing blades operate debarking machine timber products replace knives conduct routine machinery checks check quality of raw materials meet contract specifications use wrenches handle timber inspect trees identify hazards in the workplace operate grappler monitor heavy machinery types of wood set up the controller of a machine dispose of non-hazardous waste prepare production reports manage timber stocks operate heavy construction machinery without supervision handle timber based products types of wood chippers assess felled timber quality assess felled timber volume inspect machinery

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