Sawmill workers are generally responsible for processing raw lumber. This lumber is taken from the conveyor belt of a wood-sawing machine, and then removed for inspection and assignment of a grade. Then, the lumber is organized so it can be shipped to clients or other sectors within the company.
Sawmill workers must also carry out routine maintenance on their machines so they function properly. They may need to adjust components such as saw blades, especially if the output quality is lower than anticipated. Basic arithmetic skills are necessary in order to take proper measurements, and these machines must be monitored fairly constantly to ensure that they are not malfunctioning in any way. In some positions, they may also need to work on lumber manually using hand and power tools.
This job is often carried out in a noisy environment which may not be climate-controlled. Some positions are carried out indoors, while others are outdoors and subject sawmill workers to various weather conditions. It is a physically strenuous job which involves repetitive motion and lifting heavy items, so it is important to observe all safety rules at all times. It is also important to work well independently to meet production goals, as well as be able to stand for long periods of time. There are both entry-level and experienced positions available.