Grades logs or estimates the marketable content or value of logs or pulpwood in sorting yards, millpond, log deck, or similar locations. Inspects logs for defects or measures logs to determine volume.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Natural Resource Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Evaluates log characteristics and determines grades, using established criteria.
- Records data about individual trees or load volumes into tally books or hand-held collection terminals.
- Measures felled logs or loads of pulpwood to calculate volume, weight, dimensions, and marketable value, using measuring devices and conversion tables.
- Paints identification marks of specified colors on logs to identify grades or species, using spray cans, or call out grades to log markers.
- Jabs logs with metal ends of scale sticks, and inspects logs to ascertain characteristics or defects such as water damage, splits, knots, broken ends, rotten areas, twists, and curves.
- Identifies logs of substandard or special grade so that they can be returned to shippers, regraded, recut, or transferred for other processing.
- Arranges for hauling of logs to appropriate mill sites.
- Weighs log trucks before and after unloading, and records load weights and supplier identities.
- Measures log lengths and marks boles for bucking into logs, according to specifications.
- Communicates with coworkers by using signals to direct log movement.
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