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Log Graders and Scalers
California

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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.

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Currently Employed: Not Available

Projected Annual Job Openings: Not Available

Typical Hourly Wage: $15.08 - $24.87

Typical Annual Salary: $31,400 - $51,700

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Evaluate log characteristics and determine grades, using established criteria.
  • Record data about individual trees or load volumes into tally books or hand-held collection terminals.
  • Measure felled logs or loads of pulpwood to calculate volume, weight, dimensions, and marketable value, using measuring devices and conversion tables.
  • Paint identification marks of specified colors on logs to identify grades or species, using spray cans, or call out grades to log markers.
  • Jab logs with metal ends of scale sticks, and inspect logs to ascertain characteristics or defects such as water damage, splits, knots, broken ends, rotten areas, twists, and curves.
  • Identify logs of substandard or special grade so that they can be returned to shippers, regraded, recut, or transferred for other processing.
  • Arrange for hauling of logs to appropriate mill sites.
  • Weigh log trucks before and after unloading, and record load weights and supplier identities.
  • Measure log lengths and mark boles for bucking into logs, according to specifications.
  • Communicate with coworkers by using signals to direct log movement.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Ball peen hammer
  • Hatchets
  • Laser measuring systems
  • Power saws
  • Truck or rail scales

Technology:
  • Inventory management software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software