Profession wood technology engineer

Wood technology engineers develop materials and components made of wood, construct production facilities and control and monitor the production. They also examine products and materials and advise customers.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Timber products

    Key features, advantages and limitations of the different timbers and timber based products sold at a company and where to access this information.

  • Types of wood

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

  • Wood products

    The various wood products such as lumber and furniture, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Mining, construction and civil engineering machinery products

    The offered mining, construction and civil engineering machinery products, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Construction products

    The offered construction materials, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.

  • 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 moisture content

    The amount of water contained in wood materials. The effect of wood moisture on the size and physical characteristics of the wood. Suitable moisture contents for different uses.

  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.

  • Woodworking tools

    The various tools used to process wood, such as planers, chisels and lathes.

  • Engineering processes

    The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.

  • Civil engineering

    The engineering discipline that studies the design, construction and maintenance of naturally built works such as roads, buildings, and canals.

  • Chemistry of wood

    The chemical composition of every wood species, which consists of a certain percentage of cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin, and contains carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, and other elements.

  • Types of wood materials

    Identify the specification, purpose, and quality of the required wood (based) material and provide information about this to customers.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

Skills

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Read standard blueprints

    Read and comprehend standard blueprints, machine, and process drawings.

  • Approve engineering design

    Give consent to the finished engineering design to go over to the actual manufacturing and assembly of the product.

  • Manipulate wood

    Manipulate the properties, shape and size of wood.

  • Plan resource allocation

    Plan future needs of various resources such as time, money and specific process resources.

  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

  • Advise customers on wood products

    Advise others on the applicability, suitability, and limitations of wood products and wood based materials.

  • Ensure compliance with safety legislation

    Implement safety programmes to comply with national laws and legislation. Ensure that equipment and processes are compliant with safety regulations.

  • Monitor production developments

    Monitor parameters to keep an eye on the production, developments and costs within your area of control.

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • Plan engineering activities

    Plan, pattern, model or engineering woodworking activities before starting them.

  • Distinguish wood quality

    Distinguish different types of wood quality schemes, grading rules, and standards. See how quality differs between certain kinds of wood, such as hardwoods and softwoods.

  • Draw blueprints

    Draw layout specifications for machinery, equipment and building structures. Specify which materials should be used and the size of the components. Show different angles and views of the product.

  • Meet contract specifications

    Meet contract specifications, schedules and manufacturers' information. Check that the work can be carried out in the estimated and allocated time.

Optional knowledge and skills

manage timber stocks sales strategies cost management inspect wood materials paper chemistry check quality of raw materials ensure compliance with environmental legislation oversee construction project check durability of wood materials oversee quality control plan product management design principles wood cuts wear appropriate protective gear environmental legislation in agriculture and forestry logistics types of pulp study prices of wood products identify hazards in the workplace business management principles perform project management inspect building systems use cad software paper production processes