Lumber graders and other wood processing inspectors and graders (NOC 9436)

About this job

Lumber graders and other wood processing inspectors and graders:

  • inspect and grade lumber, shingles, veneer, waferboard and similar wood products to identify defects, make sure company specifications are followed and classify products according to industry standards
  • work in sawmills, planing mills, wood treatment plants, waferboard plants and other wood processing companies
Common job titles
  • grader, board / lumber / particleboard
  • grader, planer / planer mill
  • inspector, lumber / plywood / shingles
  • matcher, plywood / veneer
  • measurer, wood
  • tester, treated pole


Lumber graders:

  • examine lumber for knots, holes, splits and other defects and sort for further drying, trimming or remanufacturing
  • measure lumber using callipers, gauges and tape measures to verify specified thickness, length and width
  • classify and sort lumber according to industry standards and stamp lumber to indicate grade, wood type, moisture level and other characteristics
  • count lumber
  • complete and maintain reports

Other wood processing inspectors and graders:

  • inspect plywood panels, veneer sheets, panelboards, shingles and similar wood products for knots, holes, splits, straightness and other defects
  • mark defects and sort for repair or reprocessing
  • measure wood products to make sure they match specifications using standard measuring instruments
  • grade and label wood products according to quality standards
  • maintain and complete inspection and grading reports

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a regular controlled indoor environment.
  • Work also takes place in an indoor setting where the temperature or humidity may vary greatly from normal room conditions.
  • The workplace may contain airborne particles such as sawdust.
  • Working with equipment, instruments, machinery or power/hand tools may be a source of injury.
  • Noise in the workplace may cause distraction or hearing loss.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

There is some mobility between employers processing similar wood products.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.