Power Barker Operator

Tend machines that remove barks and dirt from logs.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $48,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Power Barker Operators do?

Tends machine that removes bark and dirt from logs by one of following methods: Starts conveyor to move logs from pond to drum of barking machine. Moves lever to activate chains or start drum revolving to tumble logs and knock off bark. Turns valve to regulate water spray that removes chips and dirt from log. Breaks up log jams in drum, using peavey or pike pole and chain hoist. Moves lever to activate kicker arms that kick log into machine cradle. Turns controls that start log rotating between toothed gears that remove bark from log, and regulates and directs pressurized water jet to remove loose bark and dirt. Turns levers to control movement and centering of log in jet ring and to regulate pressure of water jets. Starts conveyors that carry logs from barking machine to saw deck. May be designated according to machine operated as Drum-Barker Operator; Hydraulic-Barker Operator; Ring-Barker Operator.


Should I be a Power Barker 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.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

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    How to become a Power Barker Operator

    Power Barker Operators generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Power Barker Operator-related education!
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