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Career Details :: Log Graders and Scalers
Grade logs or estimate the marketable content or value of logs or pulpwood in sorting yards, millpond, log deck, or similar locations. Inspect logs for defects or measure logs to determine volume.
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed. For example, a drywall installer might benefit from experience installing drywall, but an inexperienced person could still learn to be an installer with little difficulty.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.
- Tends conveyor chain to move logs to and from scaling station.
- Paints mark on logs to identify grade and species or calls out grade.
- Weighs log trucks before and after unloading, and records weight and identity of supplier.
- Jabs log with scale stick and inspects log for defects and to ascertain characteristics.
- Evaluates log's characteristics and determines grade, using established criteria.
- Estimates and calculates total volume, waste volume, and marketable volume of log, using measurements and conversion table, and records results.
- Measures wood to determine dimensions or quantity, using measuring device and conversion table.
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General Work Activities
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, Material
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Judging Qualities of Things, Service, People
- Handling and Moving Objects
Frequent Work Context
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls