If you’d like a job where you’re part of a team – and a chain in which other people rely on you and what you do – check out a career as a Timber Production Operator.
As you gain skills you could advance to a Timber Production Technician or Timber Production Coordinator.
As a Timber Production Operator you could do a wide range of tasks including:
- Lifting and carrying timber
- Operating high-tech machinery
- Timber grading and selection.
The job responsibilities vary according to the role, however working safely and following appropriate OH&S practices is essential.
You’ll enjoy working in a team environment, have good hand-eye coordination, be interested in the timber you are producing and understand the value of the product you are handling.
You won’t mind shift work and will always put your safety and that of your workmates first.
You can start out as a Timber Production Operator with no qualifications, however many people in the role study Certificate I and higher qualifications.
Employers in the forest and wood products industry are very supportive of ongoing training and skills development.
- Hardwood and softwood sawmills and processors
What are your responsibilities as a leading hand?
I maintain safety and ensure efficiency across our production line, which involves organising workers to specific jobs, and monitoring their performance.
There are usually twenty or more people on a shift, so I’m kept busy!
I enjoy that hands-on aspect. I also enjoy the team environment and the hours that we work as well.