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


  • Manage logs transfer

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

  • Operate wood chipper

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

  • Work safely with machines

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

  • 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.

  • Adjust properties of cut

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

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