Drier Tender

Tend gas-heated continuous driers that dry wood chips.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$22,000 – $51,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Drier Tenders do?

Tends gas-heated continuous drier that dries wood chips to prescribed moisture content for use in particleboard manufacturing: Turns valve and thermostat and presses buttons to ignite gas, set drier temperature, and activate drier, conveyors, and blower fans. Moves controls to synchronize speed of conveyors and blower fans to ensure continuous flow of wood chips from storage hopper through drier and into dry-storage bin. Observes gauges and collects, weighs, and tests sample of dried chips, using scales and electronic moisture tester, to ascertain moisture content of chips. Resets controls to maintain prescribed temperature and humidity, according to test and gauge readings. Records test results in log.


Should I be a Drier Tender?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Oven-Drier Tender, Soap Drier Tender

    How to become a Drier Tender

    Most Drier Tenders 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:a9baaa&chl=|no+college+%2897%25%29|certificate+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,97
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