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Sawmill or Timber Yard Workers perform routine tasks in sawmill or timber yards, such as sorting and stacking timber, assisting timber machinists, assembling orders, and racking offcuts.


  • examines wood for faults such as knots, bad edges, stains and poor machine work
  • returns faulty pieces for further machining
  • grades and marks satisfactory pieces according to quality and size
  • keeps records of defective work.


  • physically demanding
  • requires driving.

To become a Sawmill and Timber Yard Worker

  • You can work as a Sawmill or Timber Yard Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II in sawmilling and processing might be helpful.

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