Solid wood

It takes nearly three decades for a radiata pine tree to grow to maturity in the forest, so raw logs need to be processed with great care and accuracy to extract the maximum timber – and value – out of each one.

Careers information

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What does it involve?

Wood processing workers:

  • operate sawmill machinery
  • operate log loaders and fork-lifts
  • sort, stack and grade timber
  • trim timber pieces to a standard length
  • record timber sizes and grades and the amount of timber in the yard
  • clean the work areas and equipment
  • package and wrap timber for delivery.
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How could I get into the industry

There are no specific entry requirements to become a wood processing worker, though a fork-lift licence may be useful. Wood processing workers need to be:

  • practical
  • careful and efficient
  • safety-conscious
  • able to remain calm under pressure.

Useful experience includes previous work in the timber or forestry industries, work with heavy machinery and/or engineering experience.

Wood processing workers need to have a good level of health and fitness. They also need to have normal colour vision and good hand-eye co-ordination.

Skills and knowledge

Wood processing workers need to have knowledge of  the sawmill process

  • knowledge of timber characteristics
  • the sizes and grades of timber required for different products
  • safety procedures.

The also need mechanical skills to do basic machinery maintenance.

How much could I earn?

  • Newly Qualified

    $35k- $50k