NOC 9434 – Other wood processing machine operators


  • automatic veneer clipper tender – wood processing
  • barker operator
  • barker operator – wood processing
  • barking machine operator – wood processing
  • chip screen tender – wood processing
  • chip-mixing machine tender – wood processing
  • chipper operator
  • chipper operator – wood processing
  • clipper operator – wood processing
  • core layer – wood processing
  • core-laying machine tender – wood processing
  • debarker operator – wood processing
  • dip tank tender – wood processing
  • drop sorter operator – wood processing
  • drum barker tender – wood processing
  • drying kiln operator – wood processing
  • edge gluer – wood processing
  • excelsior machine tender
  • flaker operator – wood processing
  • fuel log maker – wood processing
  • hardboard press operator – wood processing
  • hardboard-forming line operator
  • hardboard-grinding machine operator
  • hardboard-oiling machine tender
  • hot press operator – wood processing
  • humidifier tender – wood processing
  • hydraulic barker operator – wood processing
  • incising machine tender – wood processing
  • insulation board press tender
  • jointer tender – wood processing
  • lathe spotter – wood processing
  • layup machine operator – wood processing
  • log cooker – wood processing
  • log vat tender – wood processing
  • lumber drop sorter – wood processing
  • lumber kiln operator
  • lumber sorter, machine
  • machine plywood patcher
  • miller, wood flour
  • multidrum sander operator
  • panel-groover operator – wood processing
  • panel-sanding machine operator – wood processing
  • particleboard line operator
  • particleboard-forming machine operator
  • particleboard-sizing saw tender
  • patcher operator – wood processing
  • plywood and veneer patcher and repairer
  • plywood bundler
  • plywood panel assembler
  • plywood panel groover operator – wood processing
  • plywood patcher
  • plywood press operator
  • plywood-sizing saw tender – wood processing
  • ring barker operator – wood processing
  • scarf gluer – wood processing
  • scarfer tender – wood processing
  • scarfing machine tender – wood processing
  • tempering plant tender
  • timber treating tank operator
  • treating worker – wood preserving
  • veneer clipper – wood processing
  • veneer cutter – wood processing
  • veneer dryer tender
  • veneer dryer tender – wood processing
  • veneer jointer – wood processing
  • veneer jointer operator – wood processing
  • veneer lathe operator
  • veneer lathe operator – wood processing
  • veneer matcher – wood processing
  • veneer patcher – wood processing
  • veneer reel tender – wood processing
  • veneer slicer-lather – wood processing
  • veneer splicer tender – wood processing
  • veneer strip cut-off sawyer – wood processing
  • veneer taper – wood processing
  • veneer-slicing machine operator – wood processing
  • waferboard press operator
  • waferboard press operator – wood processing
  • wood particle dryer tender
  • wood particles mixer-dryer tender
  • wood treater
  • wood treater – wood preserving
  • wood-oiling machine operator – wood processing

Job Duties

Machine operators in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate and tend various wood processing equipment and machines to remove bark, knots and dirt from logs; reduce logs or sawmill waste into wood chips or flakes; stack and band lumber; screen wood chips; and produce waferboards, particleboards, hardboards and insulation boards
  • Operate and tend conveyors, lathes, sanding machines and other equipment to peel and slice veneer from logs and log sections, and to glue, press, trim, sand and splice veneer sheets
  • Operate and tend kilns, treating tanks and other equipment to dry lumber and other wood products, and to treat chemically and impregnate wood products with preservatives
  • Observe equipment, panel indicators, video monitors, and other instruments to detect malfunctions and ensure that processes are operating according to specifications
  • Assemble plywood panels and repair plywood and veneer mechanically or manually
  • Start up, shut down, set up, adjust and assist in maintaining processing equipment and machines as required
  • Complete and maintain production reports.

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Several months of on-the-job training are provided.
  • For lumber kiln operators, particleboard operators and waferboard operators, some combination of college or company courses and up to one year of on-the-job training may be required.
  • Previous experience as a labourer in wood processing may be required.

Additional Information

  • There is some mobility among jobs in this unit group.
  • Progression to other positions in the wood, pulp and paper industries is possible with experience.


  • Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing (9614)
  • Sawmill machine operators (9431)
  • Supervisors, forest products processing (9215)

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