Profession wood treater

Wood treaters apply treatments to wood to make it resistant to environmental factors like mould, cold, moisture, or staining. Treatments may also contribute to the colour of the wood. Wood treaters may use chemicals, heat, gasses, UV light, or a combination of these to treat wood.

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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 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.

  • Types of wood

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


  • Record wood treatment information

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

  • Work safely with chemicals

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

  • Mix chemicals

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

  • 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.

  • Manipulate wood

    Manipulate the properties, shape and size of wood.

  • Meet contract specifications

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

  • 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.

  • Treat wood

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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