NOC 9436 – Lumber graders and other wood processing inspectors


  • board grader – wood processing
  • flooring grader – wood processing
  • grader – wood processing
  • grader tallyman/woman – wood processing
  • green lumber grader
  • inspector – wood processing
  • lumber grader
  • lumber inspector
  • lumber marker
  • panel inspector – wood processing
  • particleboard grader – wood processing
  • planer grader – wood processing
  • planer mill grader – wood processing
  • plywood and veneer matcher – wood processing
  • plywood grader
  • plywood grader – wood processing
  • plywood inspector
  • plywood inspector – wood processing
  • pole inspector – wood processing
  • shake inspector – wood processing
  • shingle inspector – wood processing
  • stake grader – wood processing
  • tie and timber inspector
  • treated pole tester – wood processing
  • veneer and plywood grader – wood processing
  • veneer grader
  • veneer grader – wood processing
  • wood marker – wood processing
  • wood measurer
  • wood measurer – wood processing
  • wood processing grader
  • wood processing inspector

Job Duties

Lumber graders perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Examine lumber visually for knots, holes, splits and other defects and sort for further drying, trimming or remanufacturing
  • Measure lumber using callipers, gauges and tape measures to ensure specified thickness, length and width
  • Classify and sort lumber according to industry standards and stamp lumber to indicate grade, wood type, moisture level and other characteristics
  • Tally lumber
  • Complete and maintain reports.

Other wood processing inspectors and graders perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Inspect plywood panels, veneer sheets, panelboards, shingles and similar wood products visually for knots, holes, splits, straightness and other defects
  • Mark defects and sort for repair or reprocessing
  • Measure wood products to ensure conformance to specifications using standard measuring instruments
  • Grade and label wood products according to quality standards
  • Complete and maintain inspection and grading reports.

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • On-the-job training and up to two weeks of classroom training are provided for lumber graders.
  • Previous experience as a sawmill machine operator, other wood processing operator or as a labourer in wood processing is usually required for graders and inspectors in this unit group.
  • Lumber graders require a lumber grader’s licence issued by a provincial lumber association.

Additional Information

  • There is some mobility between employers processing similar wood products.


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