Forestry & Forest Products
Timber Mill Worker
Timber mill workers cut wood to size, sort and label timber stock, and make up and deliver orders for customers.
Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent
What does a Timber Mill Worker do?
Timber mill workers cut wood to size, sort and label timber stock, and make up and deliver orders for customers. Timber mill workers are also called timber yard workers.
As a timber mill worker, you would:
- load and unload timber supplies either by hand or using a forklift truck
- move and stack timber
- sort and label wood into sizes and types
- cut and trim timber to size
- transfer timber to and from the sawmill or workshop
- treat timber, for example with preservatives
- advise customers on the best timber to suit their needs
- process orders and make deliveries
- advising customers and processing orders.
Key skills and interests
To become a timber mill worker, you would need:
- a reasonable level of fitness
- good customer care skills
- maths skills to work out quantities and make accurate measurements
- good practical ability
- teamworking skills
- an understanding of health and safety regulations.
Working hours and conditions
As a timber mill worker, you would work a standard number of hours per week, which would likely include some shifts on Saturdays. In a DIY store, you may also have to work some Sundays.
Timber mill workers are employed in employed in timber merchants, sawmills and large DIY stores. Most of your time would be spent outdoors in the yard. Working in a sawmill or warehouse can get very noisy and dusty. The work can be physically demanding and involve some heavy lifting.
How to become an Timber Mill Worker?
Entry Level Education
You can work as a timber mill worker without formal qualifications. You would get some training on the job.
You can also become a timber mill worker through a traineeship in Sawmilling and Processing. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.
Timber and wood production workers may be required to hold a License to Perform High Risk Work.
The number of job openings for timber mill workers is expected to be low.
Employment in this occupation fell markedly in the past 5-10 years, and is expected to continue to decline.
An increase in timber imports, especially in the ready-made and DIY categories, is expected to continue to reduce the need for locally sawn and made timber and timber products.