Lumber Handler

Stack lumbers on kiln cars, in yards, or in sheds to dry or store.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $38,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Lumber Handlers do?

Stacks lumber on kiln cars, in yard, or in shed to dry or store, performing any combination of following tasks: Places lumber piece by piece in layers, leaving space between edges of adjacent pieces. Places sticks between layers as stack rises to permit circulation of air and bind stack together. Stands on ground and hands lumber to another worker on top of stack. Positions timbers on kiln car, ground, or shed floor to build foundation for lumber stacks. Places blocks against wheels of loaded kiln car in dry kiln to prevent movement of car. Unloads lumber from stacks or kiln cars. Places lumber, veneer, or plywood on conveyor for further processing. Loads and unloads stacking machine, working in teamwork with other workers [STACKER, MACHINE 569.685-066]. May stack bundles of laths or barrel staves. May attach identity card to stacks of lumber and record number of stacks by species for supervisor. May carry materials, such as lumber, mortar mix, and nails to sales counter or load materials onto delivery trucks. May be designated according to purpose of stacking as Kiln Stacker.

Should I be a Lumber Handler?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

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    How to become a Lumber Handler

    Most Lumber Handlers 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:9adaac&chl=no+college+%2890%25%29|certificate+%281%25%29|associate%27s+%285%25%29|||doctorate+%284%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,90,90
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