8172-Wood Processing Plant Operators

Job Title: 

Wood Processing Plant Operators

Job Description: 

Wood processing plant operators monitor, operate and control automated lumber mill equipment for sawing timber logs into rough lumber, cutting veneer, making plywood and particle board and otherwise, preparing wood for further use.


Tasks include:

  • examining logs and rough lumber to determine size, condition, quality and other characteristics to decide best lumber cuts to carry out, or operating automated equipment to convey logs through laser scanners which determine the most productive and profitable cutting patterns
  • operating and monitoring log-in feed and conveyor systems
  • operating and monitoring automated lumber mill equipment from control rooms or equipment consoles head saws, resaws and multiblade saws to saw logs, cants, flitches, slabs or wings and remove rough edges from sawn timber into dressed lumber of various sizes, and saw or split shingles and shakes
  • operating and monitoring plywood core-laying machines and hot-plate plywood presses and machines which cut veneer
  • cleaning and lubricating sawmill equipment
Additional Notes: 

This unit group includes

Band-saw operator
Rotary veneer machine operator
Plywood core layer
Wood shavings machine operator

This unit group excludes

Wood products machine operator (8173)

Specific Occupations: 


Veneer cutter

Plywood core layer

Plywood press operator

Wood grader

Other wood processing plant operators

International Careers(ISCO): 
Source Of Info: 

Source: SINGAPORE STANDARD OCCUPATIONAL CLASSIFICATION 2015, Department of Statistics, Ministry of Trade & Industry, Republic of Singapore