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9434 – Other wood processing machine operators

Other wood processing machine operators 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.


Example titles

  • 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

Main duties

This group performs 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.

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.

Additional information

  • Progression to other positions in the wood, pulp and paper industries is possible with experience.
  • There is some mobility among jobs in this unit group.


  • Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing (9614)
  • Sawmill machine operators (9431)
  • Supervisors, forest products processing (9215)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
9 – Occupations in manufacturing and utilities
Skill level
C – Occupations usually require secondary school and/or occupation-specific training.
Major group
94 – Processing and manufacturing machine operators and related production workers
Minor group
943 – Machine operators and related workers in pulp and paper production and wood processing and manufacturing
Associated Career Handbook profiles
9434.0 – Other wood processing machine operators
NOC 2016 Version 1.3
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