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Sawmill Timber Production Operator

Sawmill Timber Production Operator

Careers Profile

If you'd like a job where you're part of a team – and a chain in which other people rely on you and what you do – check out a career as a Timber Production Operator.

You could start of in a simple labouring job – but you'll have opportunities to skill-up and learn every job your team does. Typically, you'll rotate through a range of roles every shift.

You'll also make a difference because you'll be producing one of the world's most environmentally friendly building materials – sustainably sourced timber.

As you gain skills you could advance to a Timber Production Technician or Timber Production Coordinator.


As a Timber Production Operator you could do a wide range of tasks including:

  • Lifting and carrying timber

  • Operating high-tech machinery

  • Timber grading and selection.


The job responsibilities vary according to the role, however working safely and following appropriate OH&S practices is essential.

Ideal Attributes

You’ll enjoy working in a team environment, have good hand-eye coordination, be interested in the timber you are producing and understand the value of the product you are handling.

You won’t mind shift work and will always put your safety and that of your workmates first.


You can start out as a Timber Production Operator with no qualifications, however many people in the role study Certificate I and higher qualifications.

Employers in the forest and wood products industry are very supportive of ongoing training and skills development.


Employers include:

  • Hardwood and softwood sawmills and processors