Profession veneer slicer operator

Veneer slicer operators slice lumber into thin sheets to be used as a cover for other materials, such as particle board or fibre board. Veneer slicers may use various machines to obtain different cuts of wood: a rotary lathe to produce cuts peripendicular to the growth rings, a slicing machine to create plank-like cuts, or a half-round lathe which gives the operator the freedom to make a selection of the most interesting cuts.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional


  • 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.

  • Types of veneers

    The properties and purposes of different kinds of veneers, such as raw, paper backed or reconstituted veneer.

  • Types of wood

    Types of wood, such as birch, pine, poplar, mahogany, maple and tulipwood.


  • Dispose of cutting waste material

    Dispose of possibly hazardous waste material created in the cutting process, such as swarf, scrap and slugs, sort according to regulations, and clean up workplace.

  • Work safely with machines

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

  • Supply machine with appropriate tools

    Supply the machine with the necessary tools and items for a particular production purpose.

  • Operate wood sawing equipment

    Operate various machinery and equipment to cut wood in different sizes and shapes.

  • Operate veneer slicer

    Set up and monitor the machine used to cut off thin layers of wood from logs with a moving blade.

Optional knowledge and skills

keep records of work progress inspect quality of products types of sawing blades cutting technologies handle timber program a cnc controller prepare production reports identify hazards in the workplace lathe machine parts tend lathe inspect machinery consult technical resources handle timber-based products perform machine maintenance replace sawing blade on machine position cross slide of a lathe manage timber stocks meet contract specifications conduct routine machinery checks record production data for quality control sawing techniques check quality of raw materials sharpen edged tools