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Wood treaters





Wood treaters season, preserve and treat wood and lumber manually or using wood treatment equipment such as kilns and tanks.
Tasks include -
(a) operating and tending kilns, treating tanks and other equipment to dry lumber, prepare and season wood and other wood products, and to impregnate wood products with preservatives;
(b) monitoring equipment operation, gauges and panel lights in order to detect deviations from standards and to ensure that processes are operating according to specifications;
(c) operating valves to admit treating solution into treatment vessels, maintain specified heat, vacuum and hydraulic pressure and levels of solution during each phase of the treatment cycle;
(d) activating vacuum and hydraulic pressure pumps that remove air and steam from retorts and force treating solution into pores of wood to accelerate the treatment process;
(e) assisting in maintaining processing equipment and machines as required;
(f) cleaning, lubricating and adjusting equipment;
(g) transporting materials and products to and from work areas manually or using carts, handtrucks or hoists;
(h) completing and maintaining production reports.
Examples of the occupations classified here:
- Dry kiln operator
- Lumber kiln operator
- Timber treating tank operator
- Veneer dryer tender
- Wood seasoner
- Wood treater
Some related occupations classified elsewhere:
- Wood processing plant operator - 8172

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