Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing (NOC 9614)

About this job

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Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing:

  • carry out a variety of general labouring and routine wood processing activities and help pulp mill and papermaking machine operators
  • work for pulp and paper and paper converting companies, sawmills, planing mills, wood treatment plants, waferboard plants and other wood processing companies
Common job titles
  • attendant, chip bin / chip silo-storage
  • bag-making / coating machine
  • bundler, hand - wood processing
  • lumber feeder / handler / salvager
  • offbearer, greensaw / dry chain
  • operator, chip dump
  • attendant, chip bin / chip silo-storage
  • bag-making / coating machine
  • bundler, hand - wood processing
  • cleaner, barking machine / conveyor
  • feeder, carton forming / plywood dryer
  • labourer, chainman / chainwoman

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$49,721

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing perform some or all of the following duties:

  • feed logs onto conveyor and into hopper of grinding machine and align logs manually, using crowbar, picaroon or other tools and equipment
  • load wood chips, pulpwood, sulphur and other processing materials onto conveyors or processing tanks, remove recyclable paper and pulp from pulp and papermaking machines and transport recyclable paper and pulp to plant processing machines and equipment using forklift or other powered equipment
  • sort, pile and transport lumber, veneer sheets, panelboards and similar wood products during various stages of wood processing, manually or with powered equipment
  • remove scrap lumber and wood chips for reprocessing using forklift or other powered equipment
  • feed conveyors, saws, drying machines and other equipment to process lumber, shingles, veneer, plywood and similar wood products
  • clean wood processing machines and equipment and work areas using shovels, hoses and other tools
  • help other wood processing workers to operate, maintain and repair various machines and equipment and carry out other wood processing activities

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupational group:

  • These labourers generally work in an indoor plant environment near or with equipment, instruments, machinery or power/hand tools that may be a potential source of accident or injury.
  • Workers may be exposed to flying particles, noise, vibration, strong odours and dust.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Completion of secondary school is required by the pulp and paper industry and by other large employers.

Skills

  • Motor Coordination
  • Finger Dexterity
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Spatial Perception
  • Methodical
  • Numerical Ability
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Academic/Basic Upgrading

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Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
1,460
Average annual employment growth:
0.4%
Expected number of job openings:
310
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
460
Average annual employment growth:
-0.3%
Expected number of job openings:
80
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
1,840
Average annual employment growth:
-0.9%
Expected number of job openings:
140
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
540
Average annual employment growth:
-4.2%
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
240
Average annual employment growth:
1.0%
Expected number of job openings:
60
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
1,610
Average annual employment growth:
-1.3%
Expected number of job openings:
80
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
590
Average annual employment growth:
-3.7%
Expected number of job openings:
20

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

There is considerable mobility among jobs within individual establishments.

Progression to machine or plant operating positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.