Kiln Transfer Operator

Drive electric-powered transfer cars to transfer carloads of lumber.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Kiln Transfer Operators do?

Drives electric-powered transfer car to transfer carloads of lumber between loading, drying, and storage areas, and operates winch to load and unload kilns: Turns rheostat lever to drive transfer car along track to loading platform, and aligns rails on transfer car with rails on platform. Hooks winch cable to carload of lumber and pushes and pulls levers to activate winch and pull loaded lumber car onto transfer car. Drives transfer car with carload of lumber to designated dry kiln and aligns transfer car rails with rails into kiln. Hooks cable to lumber car and operates winch to pull lumber car into kiln. Pulls lumber car from kiln when lumber is dry and transfers it to storage or to processing department. May tend stacking machine that stacks and unstacks lumber onto lumber car [STACKER, MACHINE].

Should I be a Kiln Transfer Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become a Kiln Transfer Operator

    Most Kiln Transfer Operators 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:9jaaaa&chl=no+college+%2887%25%29|certificate+%2813%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,87,87
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