Sawmill machine operators

Sawmill machine operators

NOC
9431

Operate automated lumbermill equipment to saw timber logs into rough lumber, and to saw, trim and plane rough lumber into finished lumber.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

75
 

Median Hourly Wage

$17.73
$15.00
Low
$23.57
High

Median Salary

$39,245
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

611
 

% Working Full Time

97%
 

% Working Full Year

68%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Sawmill machine operators operate, monitor and control automated lumbermill equipment to saw timber logs into rough lumber; saw, trim and plane rough lumber into dressed lumber of various sizes; and saw or split shingles and shakes. They are employed in sawmills and planing mills.

Main Duties

Sawmill machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate front-end loaders and stationary deck cranes to feed logs into the sawmill
  • Examine logs and rough lumber to determine size, condition, quality and other characteristics to decide best lumber cuts to carry out, or use automated equipment to convey logs through laser scanners which determine the most productive and profitable cutting patterns
  • Operate automated lumbermill from control rooms or consoles to saw logs into rough lumber; saw, trim and plane rough lumber into dressed lumber of various sizes; and saw or split shingles and shakes
  • Start conveyor system to move logs and lumber to and from saws
  • Set up and adjust saw equipment and replace blades or bands using wrenches, gauges and other hand tools
  • Operate equipment to sort and stack lumber by length and thickness, move stacks to storage areas or drying kilns, and feed lumber through planers
  • Monitor movement of lumber and computer screens to ensure cuts are made according to specifications, and print production reports
  • Clean and lubricate sawmill equipment.

Also Known As

  • circular saw operator
  • edgerman/woman
  • head sawyer
  • log cut-off operator
  • planer operator
  • resaw operator
  • shake splitter
  • trimmerman/woman
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • College courses in wood processing technology may be required.
  • Several weeks of on-the-job training are usually provided.
  • Head sawyers and planer operators usually require several years of experience in other sawmill machine operating positions in the same company.
  • A certificate in industrial first aid may be required.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

9.0%
Female
91.0%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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14.0%
15-24
13.0%
25-34
19.0%
35-44
27.0%
45-54
23.0%
55-64
4.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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36.6%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
44.6%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
6.9%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
11.9%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
0.0%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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89.7%
Manufacturing
5.2%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
3.1%
Wholesale trade
2.1%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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30.30%
Northeast
5.10%
Southeast
11.10%
Southwest
17.20%
Central
36.40%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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$40,581
Northeast
N/A
Southeast
$60,570
Southwest
$41,058
Central
$42,428
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$17.73
$15.00
Low
$23.57
High
No Data Available
No Data Available

Central

$17.73
$15.00
Low
$23.57
High

Northwest

$18.00
$15.00
Low
$23.00
High
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$39,245

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$44,887

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$39,245

Newfoundland

$27,546

Prince Edward Island

N/A

Nova Scotia

$31,088

Canada

$41,864
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

75
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

0
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

75
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

182
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-59
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

241