Wood treaters

Wood treaters season, preserve and treat wood and lumber manually or using wood treatment equipment such as kilns and tanks.
Tasks include -
(a)  operating and tending kilns, treating tanks and other equipment to dry lumber, prepare and season wood and other wood products, and to impregnate wood products with preservatives;
(b)  monitoring equipment operation, gauges and panel lights in order to detect deviations from standards and to ensure that processes are operating according to specifications;
(c)  operating valves to admit treating solution into treatment vessels, maintain specified heat, vacuum and hydraulic pressure and levels of solution during each phase of the treatment cycle;
(d)  activating  vacuum and hydraulic pressure pumps that remove air and steam from retorts and force treating solution into pores of wood to accelerate the treatment process;
(e)  assisting in maintaining processing equipment and machines as required;
(f)  cleaning, lubricating and adjusting equipment;
(g)  transporting materials and products to and from work areas manually or using carts, handtrucks or hoists;
(h)  completing and maintaining production reports.
Examples of the occupations classified here:

  • Dry kiln operator
  • Lumber kiln operator
  • Timber treating tank operator
  • Veneer dryer tender
  • Wood seasoner
  • Wood treater

Some related occupations classified elsewhere:

  • Wood processing plant operator
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