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


  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Observe logs

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

  • 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.

  • Move logs

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

  • Manage logs transfer

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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