Wood-Preserving Plant Laborer

Perform duties to store, move, treat, and process wood products.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Wood-Preserving Plant Laborers do?

Performs any combination of following duties to store, move, treat, and process wood products in wood-preserving plant: Piles wood products, such as ties, piling, poles, and fence posts, on trams, by hand or by use of overhead hoist. Inserts wooden strips to bind and space load, and shapes load to fit cylinder retort. Chains or bolts down tram loads, using wrenches and fasteners. Bolts and unbolts doors of retorts with hand or pneumatic wrench. Pulls loads in and out of retorts, using winch. Drills test-bores in treated or untreated wood with hand drill. Opens and closes valves for operating retort. Loads and unloads wood materials from railroad cars, trucks, and barges. Moves and positions timbers and piling in framing or pole yard. Feeds woodstock into various machines that adz, bore, cut, incise, or peel it; and removes processed material by hand or by use of hoist. Burns identification markings in poles, using branding iron. May be designated according to duties performed as Adzing-and-Boring-Machine Helper; Cross-Tie-Tram Loader; Tie Handler; Wincher.

Should I be a Wood-Preserving Plant Laborer?

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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Laborer, Wood-Preserving Plant

    How to Become a
    Wood-Preserving Plant Laborer

    Most Wood-Preserving Plant Laborers 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:9haaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2811%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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