The work of a timber yard operative varies depending on the employer but is likely to include some of the following tasks:
While most of the timber cutting is done by trained and qualified wood machinists in the sawmill, timber yard operatives may occasionally use basic cutting and sawing tools to cut timber to size. See the Wood Machinist profile.
Timber yard operatives normally work a 40-hour week, Monday-Friday, with some Saturday mornings and occasional overtime.
Yard operatives work outside in all weathers. Mill or warehouse work can be noisy and dusty. Safety boots are usually worn, and it is often necessary to wear safety clothing or overalls.
To be a timber yard operative you should:
Timber yard operatives may move into supervisory work in the yard, mill or shop. Opportunities also exist in management, training and assessing, sales and marketing and timber importing.
There are limited opportunities for self-employment or for work exporting timber from abroad.
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