Tend machines that reduce log slabs, stump woods, and trimmings to chips.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Chippers do?

Tends machine that reduces log slabs, stump wood, trimmings, and other scrap wood to chips of uniform size for making paper pulp and charcoal, and for use in wood distilling: Starts conveyor system that feeds wood into hopper of chipping machine. Positions pieces of wood on conveyor, using picaroon to prevent congestion and to regulate flow. May replace worn and bent knives, and adjust knives to vary size of chips, using handtools. May examine wood on feed conveyor for conformity to specified standards and remove nonconforming wood. May stop machine when jams or malfunctions occur, and clears machine or conveyor of wood pieces.

Should I be a Chipper?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Snipper, Toppiece Chopper

    How to become a Chipper

    Most Chippers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9iaaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2812%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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