9436 – Lumber graders and other wood processing inspectors and graders
Lumber graders and other wood processing inspectors and graders inspect and grade lumber, shingles, veneer, waferboard and similar wood products to identify defects, ensure conformance to company specifications and classify products according to industry standards. They are employed by sawmills, planing mills, wood treatment plants, waferboard plants and other wood processing companies.
Index of titles
Board grader – wood processing
Flooring grader – wood processing
Grader – wood processing
Grader tallyman/woman – wood processing
Green lumber grader
Inspector – wood processing
Panel inspector – wood processing
Particleboard grader – wood processing
Planer grader – wood processing
Planer mill grader – wood processing
Plywood and veneer matcher – wood processing
Plywood grader – wood processing
Plywood inspector – wood processing
Pole inspector – wood processing
Shake inspector – wood processing
Shingle inspector – wood processing
Stake grader – wood processing
Tie and timber inspector
Treated pole tester – wood processing
Veneer and plywood grader – wood processing
Veneer grader – wood processing
Wood marker – wood processing
Wood measurer – wood processing
Wood processing grader
Wood processing inspector
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Examine lumber visually for knots, holes, splits and other defects and sort for further drying, trimming or remanufacturing
Measure lumber using callipers, gauges and tape measures to ensure specified thickness, length and width
Classify and sort lumber according to industry standards and stamp lumber to indicate grade, wood type, moisture level and other characteristics
Complete and maintain reports.
Other wood processing inspectors and graders
Inspect plywood panels, veneer sheets, panelboards, shingles and similar wood products visually for knots, holes, splits, straightness and other defects
Mark defects and sort for repair or reprocessing
Measure wood products to ensure conformance to specifications using standard measuring instruments
Grade and label wood products according to quality standards
Complete and maintain inspection and grading reports.
Completion of secondary school is usually required.
On-the-job training and up to two weeks of classroom training are provided for lumber graders.
Previous experience as a sawmill machine operator, other wood processing operator or as a labourer in wood processing is usually required for graders and inspectors in this unit group.
Lumber graders require a lumber grader’s licence issued by a provincial lumber association.
There is some mobility between employers processing similar wood products.
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