Wood Furnace Operator

Wood Kiln Operator

Wood Furnace Technician

Wood Incinerator Operator

Lumber Kiln Operator

The tasks a Kiln Operator, Wood is expected to perform include:

Operating steam kiln for seasoning or drying wood to specified moisture content

Feeding water into boiler and lighting fire in boiler fire-box

Directing workers to load and place lumber in kiln

Ascertaining moisture content of wood at various locations in kiln by moisture metre or simple methods

Waiting till boiler acquires sufficient heat, planning drying cycle according to moisture content, dimensions and species of wood

Adjusting valve to release and regulate flow of steam into kiln

Starting water pump to feed additional water into boiler

Setting automatic controls to regulate kiln temperature and humidity for specified time

Switching on fans inside kiln and getting kiln doors closed to make it air-tight

Recording humidity and kiln temperature

Controlling valves to regulate steam supply while maintaining balance between temperatures and moisture content to avoid damage to wood

Keeping lumber in kiln for specified period

Opening kiln on completion of drying cycle and verifying moisture content of wood

Knowledge of different types of wood, such as Sheesham, Mango, Teak, Rosewood, Plywood and Particle Wood

Well-versed in kiln operations

Knowledge of wood, lumber and kiln

Knowledge of moisture testing methods

Proficient in operating valves, pumps, automatic controls

Ability to plan drying cycle of kiln

Well-versed in controlling temperature and humidity inside kiln and health and safety guidelines

Proficiency in directing workers to remove lumber from kiln when dried

Ability to perform the duties of a Boiler Attendant

Ability to attend to other work when kiln is not working

Team player

Motor skills

Good observation skills

Good coordination skills

Good interpersonal skills

It needs one to be on their toes

Need to handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Wood & carpentry units usually work for 6 days a week and 8/10 hours every day. This may vary from unit to unit

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

The job is considered mildly hazardous or dangerous

Occupational hazards may include injuries due to steam, muscular pains, tiredness, backache etc.

Health risks include exposure to high pressure steam and heat, etc.

For candidates with 2-4 years of experience - INR 5,500 to INR 6,500 per month

For candidates with 4 yearsexperience or more - INR 6,500 to INR 7,500 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

An Overview of the Indian Wood and Carpentry Sector

Indian Furniture Industry is estimated to be more than 60,000 crore. The industry is dominated by unorganized sector, which constitutes 90% of the total Indian market. Indian wooden furniture industry is able to generate approximately a turnover of 3,500 crore annually. The market of wooden furniture solely owns the share of nearly 60 crore. And as per one of the survey done recently, the industry is expected to grow by 20 percent in coming time.

There are numerous opportunities in India for business of Furniture as the household has increased its income while the economy is reaching to new horizons of developments. There are opportunities like start up a business or work as an interior decorator of furniture, or the supplier of the furniture to the local market from the national market. Minimum qualification is required for any candidate to start up the job in this industry.

The sector currently employs over 4.11 million employees and is slated to employ more than 11.29 million employees by 2022. This implies additional creation of around 7.2 million jobs in the 9 year period. The period 2017-22 will see a higher growth in employment vis-a-vis 2013-17 due to expected changes in consumer preferences and penetration of organized furnishing services in tier-I and tier-II towns.

Wooden kilns and wooden furnaces across India

Towns and cities across India