Other wood processing machine operators (NOC 9434)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2017-2019)
Minimum 16.00$
Median 21.92$
Maximum 26.48$
Job prospect
(2019-2023)
Employment in 2018
1,500
Skill level
Intermediate (generally a secondary school diploma)

Occupation targeted by the Workplace Apprenticeship Program

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Nature of work

Machine operators in this unit group operate and tend wood processing equipment and machines to remove bark from logs, produce wood chips, preserve and treat wood, and produce waferboards, particleboards, hardboards, insulation boards, plywood, veneers and similar wood products. They are employed in sawmills, woodrooms of pulp mills, planing mills, wood treatment plants, waferboard plants and other wood processing plants.

Main duties

  • Machine operators in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Operate and tend various wood processing equipment and machines to remove bark, knots and dirt from logs; reduce logs or sawmill waste into wood chips or flakes; stack and band lumber; screen wood chips; and produce waferboards, particleboards, hardboards and insulation boards
  • - Operate and tend conveyors, lathes, sanding machines and other equipment to peel and slice veneer from logs and log sections, and to glue, press, trim, sand and splice veneer sheets
  • - Operate and tend kilns, treating tanks and other equipment to dry lumber and other wood products, and to treat chemically and impregnate wood products with preservatives
  • - Continued…
  • - Observe equipment, panel indicators, video monitors, and other instruments to detect malfunctions and ensure that processes are operating according to specifications
  • - Assemble plywood panels and repair plywood and veneer mechanically or manually
  • - Start up, shut down, set up, adjust and assist in maintaining processing equipment and machines as required
  • - Complete and maintain production reports.

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • * Several months of on-the-job training are provided.
  • * For lumber kiln operators, particleboard operators and waferboard operators, some combination of college or company courses and up to one year of on-the-job training may be required.
  • * Previous experience as a labourer in wood processing may be required.

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