Profession wood treater

Wood treaters operate and tend wood treatment processing equipment and machines to remove bark from logs, produce wood chips, season, preserve and treat wood, and produce waferboards, particleboards, hardboards, insulation boards, plywood, veneers and similar wood products.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

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Knowledge

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Types of wood

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

Skills

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

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

  • 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.

  • Manipulate wood

    Manipulate the properties, shape and size of wood.

  • Clean wood surface

    Use a variety of techniques on a wood surface to ensure it is free of dust, sawdust, grease, stains, and other contaminants.

  • Mix chemicals

    Mix chemical substances safely according to recipe, using the proper dosages.

  • 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.

  • Stack timber

    Stack and align timber in neat and separate layers to make it ready for kiln drying.

  • Move treated wood

    Unload, prepare and move freshly treated wood to an appropriate post-treatment drying area.

  • 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.

  • Work safely with chemicals

    Take the necessary precautions for storing, using and disposing chemical products.

  • Treat wood

    Apply different chemicals to wood in order to increase its natural resistance and prevent deterioration.

  • Record wood treatment information

    Record information on wood treatment in the appropriate information system and report it to the correct person.

  • 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

dry wood keep records of work progress timber products report defective manufacturing materials work as a team in a hazardous environment record production data for quality control operate forklift stain wood manage timber stocks chemical processes dye wood perform machine maintenance dispose of hazardous waste acclimatise timber monitor stock level operate hoists prepare production reports operate grappler inspect quality of products clean equipment identify hazards in the workplace check quality of raw materials carry out measurements of parts

Common job titles

  • Pumper
  • Night pumper
  • Lease operator
  • Wood treater
  • 3rd shift treater
  • Treater
  • Field inspector