Sawmill Operator

Sawmill operators are responsible for daily production, quality control, safety and operation of a sawmill and its employees. They maintain the equipment necessary to produce lumber in a safe and efficient manner. Additionally, they will operate saws, lathes, boilers and other machines of the trade.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Operate sawmill to saw logs into rough-sawn and dimensional lumber
  • Install and maintain all sawmill/planer machinery and equipment
  • Utilize woodworking tools, like a hand-held router, table saw, band saw, miter saw, sander, etc.
  • Train machine operators and employees of the sawmill
  • Perform preventative maintenance on and plan repairs for the mill
  • Operate a loader and/or forklift to lift and load logs, cants and boards onto trailers
  • Ensure quality assurance of lumber product output
  • Read job orders for specifications, like material, type, dimensions and size of stock to be cut
  • Stack and palletize materials and monitor inventory
  • Order inventory to always maintain a proper stock
  • Ensure physical counts match system counts
  • Grade lumber and remove faulted material
  • Maintain safe operations by adhering to safety procedures and regulations and utilizing safety equipment
  • Troubleshoot equipment that is not functioning properly
  • Maintain good industrial housekeeping at workstation and work areas

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • agricultural mechanics
  • natural resources
  • industrial technology
  • business
  • computer skills
  • mathematics

Education/Training Required:

A high school diploma is required to work as a sawmill operator. Training in sawmill maintenance or other millwright maintenance, along with a forklift operating certificate or license, is preferred.

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