Sorter Operator

Tend sorting mechanisms and grade green lumbers.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Sorter Operators do?

Tends sorting mechanism and grades green lumber as lumber passes on conveyor to designated racks: Determines length and thickness of board by comparing board with gauged marks on machine table. Lifts end of board and feels wood to estimate moisture content. Routes board to appropriate holding rack by pressing specified button on control panel. May grade and route veneer to designated bin and be designated Veneer Sorter.


Should I be a Sorter Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • How to become a Sorter Operator

    Most Sorter Operators 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:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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