Utility Operator

Operate and control barkers, saws, edgers, planers, trimmers, and chippers.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Utility Operators do?

Operates and controls barkers, saws, edgers, planers, trimmers, and chippers in sawmill to relieve other operators during rest and meal periods, emergencies, and vacations: Receives assignment to operate specific machine from SUPERVISOR, SAWMILL 669.130-026. Moves levers, turns handwheels, depresses pedals, and pushes console buttons to activate machines and to observe, rotate, and move logs and boards on conveyors and adjustable tables to shape boards for optimum market value. Changes cutting blades, adjusts machines, and clears machine jams, using handtools. Lubricates and cleans machine parts.


Should I be an Utility Operator?

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.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • How to become an Utility Operator

    Most Utility 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:9haaaa&chl=no+college+%2889%25%29|certificate+%2811%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,89,89
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