Chain Offbearer

Pull lumber from moving conveyors and stack them according to grade.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $40,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Chain Offbearers do?

Pulls lumber from moving conveyor coming from ripsaw, resaw, planer, trimmer, and grading tables, and slides and stacks lumber on piles, according to grade marked on each piece. May push buttons to start and stop conveyor and deposit waste material onto slasher conveyor for waste recovery. May band stacked lumber to facilitate moving, using banding machine. May be designated according to condition of lumber removed from conveyor as Dry-Chain Offbearer; Green-Chain Offbearer; or may be designated according to machine from which lumber is conveyed as Planer-Chain Offbearer.

Should I be a Chain Offbearer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Clipper Offbearer, Dry-Chain Offbearer, Lumber Chain Offbearer, Planer-Chain Offbearer

    How to become a Chain Offbearer

    Most Chain Offbearers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9gfaaa&chl=no+college+%2884%25%29|certificate+%289%25%29|associate%27s+%287%25%29|||doctorate+%281%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,84,84
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