Lumber graders and related processed wood inspectors

Lumber graders and related processed wood inspectors

NOC
9436

- Lumber graders and other wood processing inspectors and graders

Inspect and grade lumber, shingles, veneer, waferboard and similar wood products to identify defects, ensure conformance to company specifications and industry standards.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Undetermined
Undetermined

3 Year Job Openings

26
 

Median Hourly Wage

$20.67
$18.00
Low
$28.21
High

Median Salary

$38,195
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

173
 

% Working Full Time

100%
 

% Working Full Year

63%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Lumber graders and other wood processing inspectors and graders inspect and grade lumber, shingles, veneer, waferboard and similar wood products to identify defects, ensure conformance to company specifications and classify products according to industry standards. They are employed by sawmills, planing mills, wood treatment plants, waferboard plants and other wood processing companies.

Main Duties

Lumber graders perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Examine lumber visually for knots, holes, splits and other defects and sort for further drying, trimming or remanufacturing
  • Measure lumber using callipers, gauges and tape measures to ensure specified thickness, length and width
  • Classify and sort lumber according to industry standards and stamp lumber to indicate grade, wood type, moisture level and other characteristics
  • Tally lumber
  • Complete and maintain reports.

Other wood processing inspectors and graders perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Inspect plywood panels, veneer sheets, panelboards, shingles and similar wood products visually for knots, holes, splits, straightness and other defects
  • Mark defects and sort for repair or reprocessing
  • Measure wood products to ensure conformance to specifications using standard measuring instruments
  • Grade and label wood products according to quality standards
  • Complete and maintain inspection and grading reports.

Also Known As

  • grader - wood processing
  • grader tallyman/woman - wood processing
  • lumber grader
  • particleboard grader - wood processing
  • plywood grader
  • plywood inspector
  • veneer grader
  • wood measurer
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • On-the-job training and up to two weeks of classroom training are provided for lumber graders.
  • Previous experience as a sawmill machine operator, other wood processing operator or as a labourer in wood processing is usually required for graders and inspectors in this unit group.
  • Lumber graders require a lumber grader's licence issued by a provincial lumber association.

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

33.3%
Female
66.7%
Male
Employment by age

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

Data legend

6.3%
15-24
6.3%
25-34
21.9%
35-44
31.2%
45-54
34.4%
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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21.9%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
50.0%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
6.3%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
15.6%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
6.3%
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.

Data legend

77.1%
Manufacturing
5.7%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
5.7%
Wholesale trade
11.4%
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.

Data legend

40.00%
Northeast
0.00%
Southeast
6.70%
Southwest
20.00%
Central
33.30%
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.

Data legend

$37,086
Northeast
N/A
Southeast
N/A
Southwest
$62,002
Central
$48,144
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

$38,195

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$48,524

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

New Brunswick

$38,195

Newfoundland

N/A

Prince Edward Island

N/A

Nova Scotia

$39,402

Canada

$45,771
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

26
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-1
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

26
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

63
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-18
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

80