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


  • 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.


  • Manage logs transfer

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

  • Troubleshoot

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

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

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

  • Work safely with machines

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

  • Operate wood chipper

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

  • 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 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.

  • Monitor gauge

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

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

Source: Sisyphus ODB