Profession debarker operator

Debarker operators operate debarking machines to strip harvested trees of their bark. The tree is fed into the machine, after which the bark is stripped using abrasion or cutting.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Woodworking processes

    Steps in the processing of wood for the manufacturing of wooden articles and types of machines used for these processes such as drying, shaping, assembling and surface finishing.

  • 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.

  • Wood cuts

    Different ways of cutting wood, across the grain or parallel with it, and radial or tangential to the core. The behaviour of cuts of wood under different circumstances and the optimal cut for a given purpose. Influence of special attributes of the wood, like knots or defects.

Skills

  • 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.

  • Operate debarking machine

    Set up and monitor the machine that strips remaining bark from timber or logs before they can be further processed, for example chipped for pulp production.

  • 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.

  • Adjust properties of cut

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

  • Set up the controller of a machine

    Set up and give commands to a machine by dispatching the appropriate data and input into the (computer) controller corresponding with the desired processed product.

  • Monitor gauge

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

  • Move logs

    Move debarked logs from the conveyor belt to pushcarts into further inspection areas.

  • Observe logs

    Inspect and observe logs passing on conveyor to detect completeness of the debarking process.

  • Troubleshoot

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

  • 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.

  • Manage logs transfer

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

Optional knowledge and skills

perform machine maintenance monitor heavy machinery conduct routine machinery checks check quality of raw materials sawing techniques assess felled timber quality handle timber sharpen edged tools process timber using hand-fed machinery meet contract specifications inspect trees timber products dispose of cutting waste material cutting technologies clean equipment identify hazards in the workplace types of wood manage timber stocks de-limb trees types of sawing blades inspect machinery inspect timber assess felled timber volume prepare production reports operate wood sawing equipment record production data for quality control keep records of work progress handle timber based products