Other wood processing machine operators

Other wood processing machine operators

NOC
9434

Operate wood processing equipment to remove bark from logs, produce wood chips, preserve and treat wood, and produce particleboards, plywood, veneers and similar wood products.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

41
 

Median Hourly Wage

$20.00
$11.70
Low
$21.21
High

Median Salary

$43,081
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

296
 

% Working Full Time

94%
 

% Working Full Year

67%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

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
  • 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.

Also Known As

  • barker operator
  • chipper operator
  • lumber kiln operator
  • particleboard line operator
  • plywood panel assembler
  • timber treating tank operator
  • veneer dryer tender
  • veneer lathe operator
  • waferboard press operator
  • wood treater
Requirements

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.

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

7.9%
Female
92.1%
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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6.7%
15-24
13.3%
25-34
26.7%
35-44
20.0%
45-54
33.3%
55-64
0.0%
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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19.6%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
50.0%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
10.9%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
15.2%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
4.4%
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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88.9%
Manufacturing
11.1%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
0.0%
N/A
0.0%
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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30.40%
Northeast
8.70%
Southeast
21.70%
Southwest
10.90%
Central
28.30%
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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$37,252
Northeast
N/A
Southeast
$62,342
Southwest
N/A
Central
$41,774
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.

No Data Available
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

$43,081

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$52,923

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

New Brunswick

$43,081

Newfoundland

N/A

Prince Edward Island

N/A

Nova Scotia

$33,724

Canada

$42,584
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

41
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

0
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

42
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

104
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-26
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

131