Log graders & scalers grade logs or estimate the marketable content or value of logs or pulpwood in sorting yards, millpond, log deck, or similar locations. They inspect logs for defects or measure logs to determine volume.
A log grader job description involves evaluating log characteristics and determining grades using established criteria, recording data about individual trees or loading volumes into tally books or hand-helding collection terminals. They measure felled logs or loads of pulpwood to calculate volume, weight, dimensions, and marketable value, using measuring devices and conversion tables.
Besides, other daily tasks of log graders and scalers include painting identification marks of specified colours on logs to identify grades or species, or calling out grades to log markers, jabbing logs with metal ends of scale sticks, and inspecting logs to ascertain characteristics or defects such as water damage, splits, knots, broken ends, rotten areas, twists, and curves.
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, cost, and quality control is needed to perform first-grade reading log duties. Work context includes working in outside weather and wearing safety equipment such as glasses, gloves, and others.
Although the pay scale for such roles is not significant, with the right skills and experience, you can succeed and reach the highest peak.
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