Grades logs or estimates the marketable content or value of logs or pulpwood in sorting yards, millpond, log deck, or similar locations. Inspects logs for defects or measures logs to determine volume.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Natural Resources pathway.
A person in this career:
- Evaluates log characteristics and determines grades, using established criteria.
- Records data about individual trees or load volumes into tally books or hand-held collection terminals.
- Paints identification marks of specified colors on logs to identify grades or species, using spray cans, or calls out grades to log markers.
- Measures felled logs or loads of pulpwood to calculate volume, weight, dimensions, and marketable value, using measuring devices and conversion tables.
- Measures log lengths and marks boles for bucking into logs, according to specifications.
- Identifies logs of substandard or special grade so that they can be returned to shippers, regraded, recut, or transferred for other processing.
- Jabs logs with metal ends of scale sticks, and inspects logs to ascertain characteristics or defects such as water damage, splits, knots, broken ends, rotten areas, twists, and curves.
- Drives to sawmills, wharfs, or skids to inspect logs or pulpwood.
- Communicates with coworkers by using signals to direct log movement.
- Weighs log trucks before and after unloading, and records load weights and supplier identities.
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