This interactive Career Path Tool lets you map out the forest products sector career path that’s best for you.
You choose a starting point (i.e., as an engineering student) and progress through various career options. For each position in your chosen career path, our Job Forecast Tool tells you how many jobs will be available in five years and where they’ll be located. You’ll also be directed to the colleges or universities offering the education or training required for the position.
The Career Path tool shows paths within career types (Administration, Sciences and Engineering, Skilled Trades, Woodlands, Mill Operations), but keep in mind that it’s common to shift from one career type to another. For example, you could start in Woodlands and shift to Mill Operations; or you could start in Sciences and Engineering and shift to Administration. The possibilities are limitless!
- Account Representative
Account representatives, wholesale trade (non-technical), sell non-technical goods and services to retail, wholesale, commercial, industrial, professional and other clients domestically and internationally. Sales representatives, wholesale trade who are supervisors are also included in this unit group.
sales coordinatorMid-Level Jobs
account executiveTop Level Jobs
senior account representative
- Accounting Clerk
Accounting and related clerks calculate, prepare and process bills, invoices, accounts payable and receivable, budgets and other financial records according to established procedures. They are employed throughout the private and public sectors.
- Accounting Professional
Accounting and related administrative clerks calculate, prepare and process bills, invoices, accounts payable and receivable. They also keep track of budgets and other financial records. These roles are all about finding efficiencies, creating opportunities and maximizing value for the forest products industry. If you follow this rewarding path in the forest products industry, you will need to have proficiency in software programs, good organizational and communication skills and be able to multitask. Working as an accounting clerk in the forest products industry opens up the opportunity to move up to supervisory or skilled financial occupations, such as accounts payable supervisor, bookkeeper or office manager.
senior cost accountant
internal audit project managermanagement accountant
- Administrative Manager
This unit group includes managers who plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate departments responsible for corporate governance and regulatory compliance, records management, security services, admissions and other administrative services not elsewhere classified. Also included in this unit group are managers responsible for departments involved in two or more of the following activities: finance, human resources, purchasing or administrative services. Managers in this unit group are employed throughout the public and private sector.
project coordinatorTop Level Jobs
senior project manager
junior project manager
- Administrative Officer
Administrative officers oversee and implement administrative procedures, establish work priorities, conduct analyses of administrative operations and co-ordinate acquisition of administrative services such as office space, supplies and security services. They are employed throughout the public and private sectors. Administrative officers who are supervisors are included in this unit group.
communication coordinatorMid-Level Jobs
administrative supervisorTop Level Jobs
- Business Consultant
Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants conduct research, formulate policies and manage programs to stimulate industrial and commercial business investment or tourism in urban and rural areas, or to promote commercial or industrial products and services. They are employed by government departments, international organizations, marketing firms and business associations or may be self-employed.
junior business consultantMid-Level Jobs
junior business analyst
business consultantTop Level Jobs
senior business consultant
Specialized cleaners clean and refurbish building exteriors, carpets, chimneys, industrial equipment, ventilation systems, windows and other surfaces, using specialized equipment and techniques. They are employed by specialized cleaning service companies or they may be self-employed.
building maintenance technicianMid-Level Jobs
building maintenanceTop Level Jobs
manager, building maintenance
- Communications Director
Communications directors plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of establishments and departments involved in commercial, industrial and e-business advertising, marketing and public relations. They are employed by commercial and industrial establishments, government departments, and advertising, marketing and public relations firms or consulting businesses.
communications coordinatorMid-Level Jobs
communications managerTop Level Jobs
- Credit Manager
Banking, credit and other investment managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of financial establishments or operational departments within such establishments, or credit departments in industrial and commercial establishments. They oversee business development and manage overall performance in accordance with established strategic directions and policies. Banking managers are employed by banks, trust companies and credit unions. Credit managers are employed by credit departments in department stores, utility companies, car dealerships, insurance companies or other industrial or commercial organizations. Other investment managers are employed by credit card companies, consumer loan companies, mutual fund investment firms, mortgage investment companies or other financial establishments concerned with extending loans and financing and investments.
credit coordinatorMid-Level Jobs
assistant credit managerTop Level Jobs
- Database Analyst
Database analysts design, develop and administer data management solutions using database management software. Data administrators develop and implement data administration policy, standards and models. They are employed in information technology consulting firms and in information technology units throughout the private and public sectors.
junior database administratorMid-Level Jobs
database administratorTop Level Jobs
- Economist and Risk Analyst
Forest economists and risk analysts understand and forecast the micro-economic and macro economic implications of forest management. These professionals are dedicated to following sound economic principles, financial and cost accounting, and generally accepted accounting principles. As an economist or risk analyst in the forest products industry, you will help develop and monitor business plans. Conducting research, monitoring data, analyzing information and preparing reports will also be part of your day-to-day work responsibilities. Working as an economist or risk analyst opens up the opportunity to move up to senior executive positions in the forest products industry.
economistTop Level Jobs
business analyst – economics
Executives in this unit group plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate, through middle managers, the overall operations of goods production, utility, transportation and construction companies. They formulate policies which establish the direction to be taken by these companies, either alone or in conjunction with other members of a board of directors.
chief financial officer
president & ceo
- Executive Assistant
Executive assistants co-ordinate administrative procedures, public relations activities and research and analysis functions for members of legislative assemblies, ministers, deputy ministers, corporate officials and executives, committees and boards of directors. They are employed by governments, corporations and associations.
office administrative assistantMid-Level Jobs
administrative assistantTop Level Jobs
- General Office Support Worker
General office support workers prepare correspondence, reports, statements and other material, operate office equipment, answer telephones, verify, record and process forms and documents such as contracts and requisitions and perform general clerical duties according to established procedures. They are employed in offices throughout the public and private sectors.
general office support workerMid-Level Jobs
- Health and Safety Inspector
Inspectors in this unit group evaluate and monitor health and safety hazards and develop strategies to control risks. They inspect industrial establishments, water treatment facilities systems, and workplaces to ensure compliance with government regulations regarding sanitation, pollution control, the handling and storage of hazardous substances and workplace safety.
environmental compliance coordinatorMid-Level Jobs
junior health and safety inspector
health and safety inspectorTop Level Jobs
health and safety specialist
manager, health and safety
- Human Resource Professional
Human resources and recruitment officers identify and advertise job vacancies, recruit candidates, and help select and reassign employees. In forest products companies, human resources officers are involved in activities in areas like working practices, recruitment, pay, employment conditions, negotiating with external suppliers, and ensuring equality and diversity are in balance at the workplace.
compensation officerMid-Level Jobs
business representative, labour organization
human resources coordinator
staff relations administrator
occupational analyst – human resources
human resources specialist
employment equity adviser – human resources
labour organization liaison officerconsultant, human resources
diversity & inclusion advisor
human resources business partner
director of human resources
manager, human resources
- Information Systems Consultant
Information systems analysts and consultants analyze and test systems requirements, develop and implement information systems development plans, policies and procedures, and provide advice on a wide range of information systems issues. They are employed in information technology consulting firms and in information technology units throughout the public and private sectors, or they may be self-employed.
junior system analystMid-Level Jobs
junior information systems consultant
senior information systems consultantTop Level Jobs
information technology manager
information management & technology director
- IT Specialist
Information technology specialists use their computer skills in a variety of ways in the forest products industry. Managing land-related data with geographic information systems (GIS) is a key duty. IT specialists also maintain computer networks, run databases, record data in the field, and manage software applications. Working as an IT specialist might also require you to develop and implement information systems. You may also provide technical support and troubleshooting services to staff. Working as an IT specialist opens up the opportunity to move up to supervisory or managerial positions.
it assistantMid-Level Jobs
it administrative support
systems implementation manager – computer systems
manager, computer system operations
management information systems (MIS) analyst
information systems business analystinformatics security analyst
computer systems analyst
information system superintendent
IT (information technology) development manager
director of technology management
computer systems development manager
communication systems design manager
Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents clean and maintain the interior and exterior of commercial, institutional and residential buildings and their surrounding grounds. Building superintendents employed in large establishments are responsible for the operation of the establishment and may also supervise other workers. They are employed by office and apartment building management companies, condominium corporations, educational institutions, health care facilities, recreational and shopping facilities, religious, industrial and other establishments.
office cleanerMid-Level Jobs
office cleaning supervisorTop Level Jobs
office cleaning manager
- Marketing Agent
This unit group includes specialists in advertising, marketing and public relations who analyse, develop and implement communication and promotion strategies and information programs, analyse advertising needs and develop appropriate advertising and marketing plans, publicize activities and events, and maintain media relations on behalf of businesses.
advertising coordinatorMid-Level Jobs
stakeholder relations coordinator
advertising account executiveTop Level Jobs
director, external & stakeholder relations
- Office Worker
Supervisors in this unit group supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers in minor groups: General Office Workers and Office Equipment Operators. They are employed throughout the public and private sectors.
- Project Manager Communication / Marketing
Project Managers Communication/Marketing identify and advertise job vacancies, recruit candidates, and assist in the selection and reassignment of employees. They are employed throughout the private and public sectors.
communications & marketing coordinatorMid-Level Jobs
Project Manager Communication / MarketingTop Level Jobs
director, communications & marketing
- Purchasing Agent
Purchasing agents and officers purchase general and specialized equipment, materials, land or access rights and business services for use or for further processing by their establishment. They are employed throughout the public and private sectors.
purchasing agentMid-Level Jobs
purchaserTop Level Jobs
- Purchasing Manager
Purchasing managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of a purchasing department and develop and implement the purchasing policies of a business or institution. They are employed throughout the public and private sectors.
- Sales Representative
To be successful in sales in the forest products industry, you must be driven, disciplined and focused. You will be expected to plan daily sales activities and to seek out sales through cold calls, door-to door contact, networking and marketing efforts. As a sales representative, you will also be expected to have a solid understanding of the forest products industry and the innovative products it produces. Depending on the company you work for, you may have the opportunity to travel across Canada and internationally. But many sales representatives have smaller territories that allow them to come home at the end of each day. Working as a sales rep opens up the opportunity to move up to supervisory, managerial or even executive positions.
wholesale trade representativeMid-Level Jobs
sales agentTop Level Jobs
technical sales consultant
- Shipper and Receiver
Shippers and receivers ship, receive and record the movement of parts, supplies, materials, equipment and stock to and from an establishment. They are employed in the public sector and by retail and wholesale establishments, manufacturing companies, and other commercial and industrial establishments.
shift supervisorTop Level Jobs
- Supervisor, Supply Chain
Supervisors in this unit group supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers in the following unit groups: Shippers and Receivers, Storekeepers and Partspersons, Production Logistics Co-ordinators, Purchasing and Inventory Control Workers Dispatchers and Transportation Route and Crew Schedulers.
shipping coordinatorMid-Level Jobs
supervisor, supply chainTop Level Jobs
manager, supply chain
- Crane Operator
Crane operators operate cranes or draglines to lift, move, position or place machinery, equipment and other large objects at construction or industrial sites, ports, railway yards, surface mines and other similar locations. They are employed by construction, industrial, mining, cargo handling and railway companies.
crane operator apprenticeshipMid-Level Jobs
assistant crane operatorTop Level Jobs
- Health & Safety Coordinator
Health & Safety Co-ordinators plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of human resources and personnel departments, and develop and implement policies, programs and procedures regarding human resource planning, recruitment, collective bargaining, training and development, occupation classification and pay and benefit administration. They represent management and participate actively on various joint committees to maintain ongoing relations between management and employees. Health & Safety Co-ordinators are employed throughout the private and public sectors.
health and safety officerMid-Level Jobs
health and safety co-ordinator/supervisorTop Level Jobs
manager, health and safety
director, health and safety
- Labourer in wood, pulp and paper processing
Labourers in this unit group carry out a variety of general labouring and routine wood processing activities and assist pulp mill and papermaking machine operators. They are employed by pulp and paper, and paper converting companies, sawmills, planing mills, wood treatment plants, waferboard plants and other wood processing companies.
labourer in wood, pulp and paper processingMid-Level Jobs
labourer – pulp and paper
labourer – wood processing
supervisor – wood processing
supervisor – pulp and paper
- Light Duty Cleaner
Light duty cleaners clean lobbies, hallways, offices and rooms of hotels, motels, resorts, hospitals, schools, office buildings and private residences. They are employed by hotels, motels, resorts, recreational facilities, hospitals and other institutions, building management companies, cleaning service companies and private individuals.
light duty cleaner
- Log Trader
Log Traders buy merchandise for resale by retail or wholesale establishments and are usually responsible for the merchandising operations of retail or wholesale establishments. Retail and wholesale buyers who are supervisors and those who are assistants are included in this unit group.
junior log traderMid-Level Jobs
log traderTop Level Jobs
- Logging Machinery Operator
Logging machinery operators operate cable yarding systems, mechanical harvesters and forwarders and mechanical tree processors and loaders to fell, yard and process trees at logging sites. They are employed by logging companies and contractors.
machine operatorMid-Level Jobs
mobile chipper operator
log processor operator
machinery supervisorTop Level Jobs
logging crane & claw operator
- Lumber Grader
Lumber graders and other wood processing inspectors and graders inspect and grade lumber, shingles, veneer, waferboard and similar wood products to identify defects, ensure conformance to company specifications and classify products according to industry standards. They are employed by sawmills, planing mills, wood treatment plants, waferboard plants and other wood processing companies.
grader level 1Mid-Level Jobs
- Machining Tool Operator
Machining tool operators set up and operate or tend metal-cutting machines designed for repetitive machining work. They are employed by metal products and other manufacturing companies and in machine shops. This unit group also includes workers who etch or chemically mill metal pieces.
production coordinatorMid-Level Jobs
production supervisorTop Level Jobs
- Maintenance Manager
Maintenance managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the maintenance department within facilities.
maintenance coordinatorMid-Level Jobs
maintenance supervisorTop Level Jobs
- Maintenance Planner
Maintenance planners plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of commercial, transportation and recreational facilities. In the forest products industry, you could find yourself managing the maintenance of a large sawmill or a pulp and paper mill. You will also find yourself directing a team of people with a wide range of skills. And as a maintenance manager you, will work closely with mechanical engineers and other technical staff.
maintenance technicianMid-Level Jobs
Maintenance plannerTop Level Jobs
- Manufacturing Manager
Usually reporting to the site manager, the manufacturing manager is responsible for overseeing the safe, efficient and cost-effective production and shipping of forest products. The manufacturing manager is responsible for overseeing the production team, the log yard team and the shipping team. Your work as a manufacturing manager in the forest products industry would also involve constantly monitoring product quality. And at the same time, you need to be focused on cost control. To meet these two, sometimes competing demands, manufacturing managers in the forest products industry have to encourage a culture of innovation. Your career track could see you move into senior managerial positions.
quality-control services manager
pulp and paper mill manager
plant manageroperations manager
lumber mill manager
industrial and manufacturing production manager
- Manufacturing Technician
Manufacturing technicians may work independently or provide technical support and services in the development of production methods, facilities and systems, and the planning, estimating, measuring and scheduling of work. They are employed by manufacturing and insurance companies, government departments, and establishments in other industries.
manufacturing coordinatorMid-Level Jobs
wood products manufacturing technician
- Material Handler
These workers handle, move, stack, load and unload materials by hand or with equipment like forklifts. In a sawmill, you might find yourself stacking lumber and getting it ready for shipping. Attaching labels and keeping track of materials could also be part of your day-to-day work.
heavy materials handlerforklift operator
bulk materials loader operator
- Occupational Health Nurse
Occupational health nurses are an integral part of the human resources team at forest products companies. They are responsible for diagnosing and providing primary care for work- and non-work related injuries and illnesses. Nurses also help screen candidates during the hiring process. Working as an occupational health nurse in the forest products industry also means carrying out duties like helping employees return to work after an injury or illness. Many forest products companies also have health and wellness programs, which you would oversee. Working as an occupational health nurse opens up the opportunity to move up to supervisory or managerial positions in human resources management.
occupational health nurseMid-Level Jobs
registered industrial nurse
shift supervisorTop Level Jobs
- Operation Manager
This unit group includes managers who plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of utility companies or services of heating fuel distribution companies. The services provided include treatment of water and waste, distribution of water, electricity, natural gas and heating oil to residential, commercial and industrial consumers, waste disposal and waste recycling. Utilities managers are employed in public and private sector utilities and in heating fuel distribution companies.
operations supervisorTop Level Jobs
- Paper Converting Machine Operator
Paper converting machine operators operate various machines which fabricate and assemble paper products such as paper bags, containers, boxes, envelopes and similar articles. They are employed by paper products manufacturing companies.
paper converting machine operator
- Production Co-ordinator
Production co-ordinators co-ordinate and expedite the flow of work and materials within an establishment, prepare work and production schedules and monitor the progress of production and construction projects. They are employed by manufacturing and construction companies, printing and publishing companies and other industrial establishments.
production co-ordinatorMid-Level Jobs
production supervisorTop Level Jobs
- Pulping, Papermaking & Coating Control Operator
Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators operate and monitor multi-function process control machinery and equipment to control the processing of wood, scrap pulp, recyclable paper, cellulose materials, paper pulp and paperboard. They are employed by pulp and paper companies.
pulping, papermaking & coating control operator
- Quality Control
This unit group includes supervisors, not elsewhere classified, who supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers who assemble, fabricate and inspect a variety of products. They are employed in a wide variety of manufacturing companies.
junior quality control officerMid-Level Jobs
quality control technician
senior quality-control supervisorTop Level Jobs
quality control analyst
manager, quality control
- Sawmill Machine Operator
Sawmill machine operators operate, monitor and control automated lumbermill equipment to saw timber logs into rough lumber; saw, trim and plane rough lumber into dressed lumber of various sizes; and saw or split shingles and shakes. They are employed in sawmills and planing mills.
sawmill machine operatorMid-Level Jobs
planer mill machine operator
- Security Officer
This unit group includes workers who guard and implement security measures to protect property against theft, vandalism and fire, control access to establishments, maintain order and enforce regulations at public events and within establishments, conduct private investigations for clients or employers and provide other protective services not elsewhere classified. They are employed by public or private security agencies, residential complexes, educational, cultural, financial and health institutions, retail establishments, businesses and industry, investigation service companies, transportation facilities, and organizations throughout the private and public sectors, or they may be self-employed.
security officerMid-Level Jobs
security supervisorTop Level Jobs
- Supervisor, Forest Products Processing
Forest products processing supervisors lead teams who operate pulp and paper mills, paper- converting mills, sawmills, planing mills, and plywood, waferboard, and other wood and paper products mills. One of their biggest responsibilities is to make sure that people are doing their jobs properly as they execute the hi-tech processing tasks in mills. To become a supervisor in a mill, you will need technical training covering some or all of the complex processes in the mill. Learning on the job and building your seniority in the mill is essential as well. As you gain experience, you may also act as a mentor and trainer to other staff. Your career track could see you move into senior managerial, design, advanced control, training or sales positions.
supervisor, forest products processing
shift operating supervisor – pulp and paper
pulp mill supervisor
paper mill supervisor
core room supervisor – pulp and paper
beater room supervisor – pulp and paper
- Wood Processing Machine Operator
Machine operators in this unit group operate and tend wood processing equipment and machines to remove bark from logs, produce wood chips, preserve and treat wood, and produce waferboards, particleboards, hardboards, insulation boards, plywood, veneers and similar wood products. They are employed in sawmills, woodrooms of pulp mills, planing mills, wood treatment plants, waferboard plants and other wood processing plants.
wood processing machine operator
sawmill equipment operator
Sciences and Engineering
In the forest products industry, working as a biologist means you are a key player in ensuring that forestry operations are run in an environmentally sustainable way. Your scientific background is complemented by a working knowledge of relevant environmental legislation. Biologists can be specialists or generalists. Forest products companies, for example, may have bird biologists on staff. Other companies may have biologists on staff who perform a whole range of duties, including mapping terrestrial ecosystem, assessing tree stands, counting fish and other wildlife populations, and analyzing the impact of forestry operations on watersheds.
associate biologistMid-Level Jobs
forest pathologistforest ecologist
- Chemical Engineer
Chemical engineers design and develop chemical processes and equipment, in order to transform raw materials into useful products. They also oversee the operation and maintenance of industrial chemical plants. The forest products industry employs chemical engineers in pulp and paper mills. As a chemical engineer in a pulp and paper mill, you will work closely with technical and operations personnel to monitor and optimize processes. You could also find yourself coordinating projects and trials to increase production, improve quality and reduce costs.
apprentice chemical engineerMid-Level Jobs
associate chemical engineer
waste treatment engineer
pulp and paper engineer
process control engineer, chemical
environmental chemical engineer
chief process engineerchemical process engineer
chemical engineer, environmental
senior chemical engineer
manager, chemical engineering
- Civil Engineer
Civil engineers plan, design, develop and manage projects for the construction or repair of buildings, earth structures, powerhouses, roads, airports, railways, rapid transit facilities, bridges, tunnels, canals, dams, ports and coastal installations and systems related to highway and transportation services, water distribution and sanitation. Civil engineers may also specialize in foundation analysis, building and structural inspection, surveying, geomatics and municipal planning. Civil engineers are employed by engineering consulting companies, in all levels of government, by construction firms and in many other industries, or they may be self-employed.
associate civil engineerMid-Level Jobs
water systems engineer
pollution control engineer
materials and testing engineer, civil
foundation engineerenvironmental engineer
construction project engineer
civil engineering technician
manager, civil engineering
senior civil engineer
- Electrical Engineer
Electrical and electronics engineers are primarily concerned with how electricity is produced, transmitted and used. They design and test electrical and electronic equipment and systems. As an electrical engineer in a mill, you will work closely with technical and operations personnel to monitor and optimize processes. You could also find yourself coordinating projects and trials to increase production, improve quality and reduce costs. You will also work to maximize mill uptime and the need for reliable power systems. Unexpected outages can create problematic amounts of waste, so you will work to prevent downtime so the mill can maintain production. Electrical engineers also get to show off their green credentials by maximizing the forest products industry’s ability to produce green energy. Co-generation projects, in which sawmills burn waste wood to generate additional power, are a prime example.
associate electricianMid-Level Jobs
test engineer, electronics
process instrumentation engineer
electrical engineerelectrical distribution engineer
displays and controls design engineer
control systems engineer
chief electronics engineer
senior electrical engineer
manager, electrical engineering
- Engineering Manager
Engineering managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of an engineering department, service or firm. They are employed by a wide range of private sector and government establishments and by consulting engineering and scientific research companies.
- Environmental Supervisor
In the forest products industry, working as an environmental supervisor means understanding how to run forestry operations in a environmentally sustainable way. You will find yourself working with other land management professionals who have the knowledge and administrative skills to follow environmental regulations and laws. Your skill set also means you can make sure environmental protection is considered during contracting and project design. Your commitment to sound legal and business practices makes you a key player in Canada’s sustainable forest products industry.
waste reduction program co-ordinatorMid-Level Jobs
natural and applied sciences researcher
environmental program co-ordinator
natural resources policy analystTop Level Jobs
environmental program development supervisor
manager, environment program
- Industrial Engineer
The work of an industrial engineer comes down to integrating systems of people, materials, equipment and energy. Industrial engineers conduct studies and develop ways to enhance efficiency. Their work covers how equipment is used, how human resources are deployed, and how technology is integrated into operations. If you think of yourself as a versatile problem solver, industrial engineering could be a good fit. Your skill set will make you a sought-after professional in the forest products industry. It’s an industry that is focused on efficiency, innovation and environmental sustainability. Industrial engineers are designing better ways to produce lumber and other forest products. They are greening operations by integrating environmentally sustainable energy systems, like co-generation from wood waste, into mills.
industrial engineering associateMid-Level Jobs
industrial engineer apprentice
quality control engineer
systems engineer – manufacturing
plant engineermanufacturing engineer
industrial efficiency engineer
computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) engineer
manager, industrial engineering
senior industrial engineer
- Manager, Energy & Environment
Managers of energy / environment plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the energy and environmental activities of an organization. They are employed by a wide range of private sector and government establishments.
associate environmental engineerMid-Level Jobs
senior energy & environmentTop Level Jobs
manager, energy & environment
senior manager, enery & environment
- Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical engineers design and build machinery and systems for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, power generation, transportation, processing and manufacturing. Canadian mechanical engineers have delivered many important technological advances for forest industries, including designing harvesting equipment and machinery for pulp and paper production. As a mechanical engineer, you get to show o your green credentials by maximizing the forest products industry’s ability to produce green energy. Co-generation projects, in which sawmills will burn waste wood to generate additional power, are a prime example.
associate mechanical engineerMid-Level Jobs
apprentice mechanical engineer
mechanical maintenance engineer
power plant engineer
mechanical design engineer
internal combustion engineer
engineer, power generationHVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) engineer
building systems engineer
energy conservation engineer
acoustics and vibration engineer
senior mechanical engineer
manager, mechanical engineering
Carpenters construct, erect, install, maintain and repair structures and components of structures made of wood, wood substitutes, lightweight steel and other materials. They are employed by construction companies, carpentry contractors, and maintenance departments of factories, plants and other establishments, or they may be self-employed.
apprentice carpenterMid-Level Jobs
carpenterTop Level Jobs
carpenter lead hand
carpenter charge hand
- Control Systems Specialist
Control systems specialists maintain the hardware and software systems in a facility. You will find solutions and look for ways to improve processes. You will also work with electrical and electronics engineers to design, plan, research, evaluate and test electrical and electronic equipment and systems. Other duties include preparing material cost and timing estimates, reports, and design specifications for electrical and electronic systems and equipment. Control systems specialists are responsible for recommending methods to improve safety, quality, throughput and uptime. They make sure the systems and equipment associated with this work are maintained and backed up, and they provide support for electrical personnel on shift. Control systems specialists do their jobs in a variety of workspaces. You may spend most of your time in a control room, or your role could involve more time maintaining computer and electrical systems on a mill floor.
apprentice industrial instrument mechanicMid-Level Jobs
service technician, process control equipment
process control equipment mechanic
precision instrument mechanic
instrument mechanic – utilitiesinstrument maintenance mechanic
industrial instrument technician
industrial instrument mechanic
- Drafting Technician
Drafting technologists and technicians prepare engineering designs, drawings and related technical information, in multidisciplinary engineering teams or in support of engineers, architects or industrial designers, or they may work independently. They are employed by consulting and construction companies, utility, resource and manufacturing companies, all levels of government and by a wide range of other establishments.
drafting technicianMid-Level Jobs
technologist, computer-aided design (CAD)Top Level Jobs
engineering design and drafting technologist
heating and ventilation systems draftsperson
CAD (computer-aided design) specialist – drafting
- Electrical Mechanic
Electrical mechanics maintain, test, rebuild and repair electric motors, transformers, switchgear and other electrical apparatus. They are employed by independent electrical repair shops, service shops of electrical equipment manufacturers and maintenance departments of manufacturing companies.
apprentice electrical mechanicMid-Level Jobs
Electrical MechanicTop Level Jobs
electrical mechanic, repairer
electrical mechanic charge hand
electrical mechanic group leader
electrical mechanic lead hand
- Electronic Service Technician
Electronic service technicians service and repair household and business electronic equipment such as audio and video systems, computers and peripherals, office equipment and other consumer electronic equipment and assemblies. They are employed by electronic service and retail establishments, by wholesale distributors and within service departments of electronic manufacturing companies.
apprentice electronic service technicianMid-Level Jobs
electronic service technicianTop Level Jobs
electronic service technician charge hand
electronic service technician lead hand
- Heavy-Duty Mechanic
Heavy-duty equipment mechanics repair and maintain big machines and heavy-duty equipment. Your day-to-day duties would include adjusting, repairing and replacing worn and damaged mechanical, hydraulic and electrical parts on tractors, steam shovels, trucks and other heavy equipment. You need the skills to diagnose electrical, mechanical and hydraulic troubles. Working as a heavy-duty mechanic means taking equipment apart and reassembling equipment like engines, transmissions, and fuel and exhaust systems. Heavy-duty mechanics rely on hand and power tools and specialized equipment. As a heavy-duty mechanic, you may specialize in specific types of machinery like tracked vehicles, fuel injection systems, power shift transmissions, hydraulics or electronics. A day in the life of a heavy-duty mechanic might include repairing a massive logging truck in tome for a driver to deliver his load.
heavy-duty equipment mechanic apprenticeMid-Level Jobs
mechanic, heavy equipment
heavy-duty equipment technician
journeyman/woman heavy-duty equipment mechanic
heavy mobile logging equipment mechanic
heavy equipment mechanic
construction equipment mechanic
- Industrial Electrician
Industrial electricians install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair industrial electrical equipment and associated electrical and electronic controls. In the forest products industry they play a variety of roles but are typically found working in mills and other industrial settings like pellet plants and planer facilities. Industrial electricians troubleshoot and diagnose electrical and failures in manufacturing processes. To be good at troubleshooting means you need a broad understanding of electrical systems so you can isolate and repair faults and failures. A day in the life of an industrial electrician might involve repairing a critical electrical fault fast enough to prevent an entire mill operation from shutting down. Electrical technology and equipment also changes rapidly, so you need to stay on top of what’s happening in your industry. Increasing use of robotics and other computerized control equipment is creating more work for industrial electricians, because they are the ones who install and maintain the equipment. Technological change usually results in a greater demand for industrial electricians.
apprentice industrial electricianMid-Level Jobs
mill electricianTop Level Jobs
maintenance electrician – industrial
machine shop, journeyman/ woman industrial electrician
journeyman/woman industrial electrician
industrial maintenance electrician
Industrial electrician lead hand
Industrial electrician charge hand
Machinists are precise people. They enjoy making complex parts with and without the help of computers. Machinists set up and operate a variety of machine tools to cut or grind metal, plastic or other materials to make or modify parts or products – all to exact dimensions. Machinists also work as machining and tooling inspectors who inspect machined parts and tooling in order to maintain quality control standards. Are you a techie at heart who takes pride in producing high-quality manufactured products? If the answer is yes, then you could be a machinist. Your workspace is a workshop. Many machinists spend their days transferring complex mechanical engineering drawings from a computer screen to computerized machinery. This means you move back and forth between the worlds of computers and precision machines.
machinist apprenticeMid-Level Jobs
tooling inspectorTop Level Jobs
machinist charge hand
machinist lead hand
- Millwright and Industrial Mechanic
A millwright, or industrial mechanic, is a tradesperson who installs, maintains and repairs stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment. They interpret drawings, follow layouts and assemble parts until they are in perfect working order. Millwrights and industrial mechanics work in a variety of industries, and can pursue complementary training and develop extra skills in steel fabrication, welding, machining, electronics, hydraulics or pneumatics. Construction millwrights are mostly engaged in the initial installation of industrial plant machinery and equipment. Industrial mechanics are more concerned with the post-installation maintenance and repair of machinery and equipment. Industrial mechanics and millwrights may be cross-trained in a second trade such as pipefitting, welding, machining or electrical maintenance. A day in the life of a millwright might involve installing a giant turbine for an industrial mechanic to maintain and keep humming.
industrial mechanic apprenticeMid-Level Jobs
treatment plant maintenance mechanic
plant equipment mechanic
maintenance mechanicjourneyman/woman industrial mechanic
industrial mechanic and millwright
millwright charge hand
millwright group lead
millwright lead hand
- Power Engineer
As the job title suggests, working as a power steam engineer is all about keeping power running in big industrial and commercial facilities. Efficiency and safety are your two biggest responsibilities. Your duties include supervising, operating and maintaining machinery and boilers that provide steam, power, heat, refrigeration and other utility services. Many mills are automated to improve efficiency and safety. These automated systems are often the responsibility of power steam engineers. In some mills, senior power steam engineers work in control rooms. They need to be able to analyze problems and take action to keep a mill running smoothly and safely. More junior power steam engineers may find themselves spending most of their time on the mill floor monitoring and adjusting equipment.
stationary engineer apprenticeMid-Level Jobs
power engineer apprentice
turbine operator – stationary engines
steam turbine operator
steam plant operator
steam power plant stationary engineer
stationary engineer steam power plantstationary engineer
manager, power engineering
senior power engineer
Canada’s forest products industry produces a lot of lumber and it takes a lot of high-tech cutting equipment to get the job done. A sawfiler, or saw doctor, maintains and repairs these high-tech saws in a saw mill. Sawfilers work in a mill’s filing room. Saws used in timber mills are huge and expensive. They must be carefully maintained to operate safely. Repairing a damaged saw takes a lot of skill. Circular saws have multiple components that need to align. In fact, to become a qualified sawfiler takes many years of full-time saw-filing. If you like using power tools and hand tools, you could be a perfect fit as a sawfiler.
apprentice saw repairerMid-Level Jobs
sawmill saw fitter
forest products sawfiler
- Steamfitter / Pipefitter
Steamfitters and pipefitters plan and lay out piping systems. These systems carrying water, steam, chemicals and fuel for heating, cooling and lubricating. As a steamfitter or pipe fitter you will also be responsible for maintaining, troubleshooting and repairing piping systems. These piping systems operate under extremely high pressure and temperature. This means you need to have a thorough knowledge of scientific principles to do this job. Steamfitters and pipefitters typically work in maintenance departments of mills and other kinds of factories and plants. A day in the life of a steam fitter or pipe fitter might include moving a 40-tonne boiler and installing it in a small confined space. To do this you would need to choose the right tools for the move and come up with a plan to coordinate a team to do the install.
apprentice pipefitter / steamfitterMid-Level Jobs
steamfitter-pipefitterTop Level Jobs
journeyman / woman steamfitter / pipefitter
sprinkler system fitter
fire protection mechanic
- Vibration Analyst
Vibration analysts are described more formally as non-destructive testers and inspection technicians. They test forestry machinery and infrastructure using radiographic, ultrasonic, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current and other testing equipment. If you follow this career path, you probably have an affinity for quality control, maintenance and safety. You will spend time evaluating the condition of a range of machines by understanding vibration data and how machines perform. Whatever your day brings, you’ll know that every time you head into work, you can look forward to being happy with the lifestyle you’ve earned.
apprentice performance engineerMid-Level Jobs
weld testerTop Level Jobs
vibration analysis technician – non-destructive testing
dye penetrant tester
manager, performance engineering
Welders cut and join pieces of metal. Welders may also work as machine operators who operate previously set-up welding, brazing and soldering equipment. Working as a welder for a forest product company means you will be in a fast-paced environment. Fixing broken equipment may mean you have to step in and manage a situation without much notice. Welding is physically demanding, and it requires manual dexterity and an eye for detail. Welder Level A is someone who has advanced training, skills and abilities to weld all materials, including specialized alloys, by any manual welding process. Welder Level B is a person who can weld ferrous and non-ferrous metals on plates and pipes. Welder Level C is someone who can weld various steel and aluminum parts. Welding work also overlaps with the work of industrial mechanics (millwright), sheet-metal workers, steamfitters, pipefitters, metal fabricators (fitter), iron workers and boilermakers. With extra training, welders can transfer their skills to these related occupations.
apprentice welderMid-Level Jobs
welding machine operator
welder lead hand
welder charge hand
Assemblers in this unit group assemble a variety of wood products and millwork, such as window sashes and doors. Inspectors in this unit group inspect wood products to ensure product quality. They are employed by establishments engaged in manufacturing a variety of wood and millwork products.
junior assemblerMid-Level Jobs
- Forestry Labourer
Logging and forestry labourers perform a variety of manual tasks such as attaching choker cables to logs, planting trees, clearing brush, spraying chemicals, cleaning up landing areas and assisting other workers in woodlands operations. They are employed by logging companies and contractors.
- Forestry Professional
There are many jobs in the forest products industry in the forestry professionals category. It’s a diverse mix of jobs, but each one plays a role in forest operations management. Forestry professionals guide decisions and policies relating to forest land management. These roles are considered professional because they require specific educational qualifications combined with operational experience. As a forestry professional, you may find yourself working with a wide range of people – landowners, purchasers, managers, technicians, contractors, and other professionals – to manage the forest in an environmentally and economically sustainable way. If you enjoy intellectually demanding work that also gets you outdoors, consider becoming a forestry professional. Some of your week could be spent walking over rough terrain and driving to remote forest job sites.
junior forestry professionalMid-Level Jobs
industrial foresterforestry superintendent
- Forestry Technician
Forestry technicians are skilled people experienced in technical tasks that don’t usually require heavy equipment, tools or hard physical labour. Instead, their main work requires applied knowledge and skills in data recording. Working as a forestry technician means you’re comfortable using a range of instruments to do things like taking measurements, surveying land, and inspecting and monitoring job sites. There are many different kinds of forestry technicians. Most of their work happens outdoors. You need to be fit enough to trek across rough, often steep, terrain. A typical day could see you working as part of team to fight forest fires. Or you could be tasked with marking timber to set up environmentally sustainable harvesting operations. Road and trail construction is another key duty. The job also offers a chance for advancement because you are exposed to so many different aspects of a forest company’s operation.
forestry coordinatorMid-Level Jobs
technologist, forest engineering
technician, forest resource management
road management technician
research assistant – forestrylog scaler
forestry conservation technician
- Geomatic Technician
Technical occupations in geomatics include aerial survey, remote sensing, geographic information systems, cartographic and photogrammetric technologists and technicians, who gather, analyze, interpret and use geospatial information for applications in natural resources, geology, environmental research and land use planning. Geomatics technologists and technicians are employed by all levels of government, utilities, mapping, computer software, forestry, architectural, engineering and consulting firms and other related establishments. Meteorological technologists and technicians are employed by all levels of government, the media, natural resources, utilities and transportation companies and consulting firms.
mapping technicianMid-Level Jobs
geomatic engineerTop Level Jobs
engineering technician – mapping
senior engineer – mapping
- Harvesting Labourer
Harvesting labourers assist other workers to harvest, sort and load logs.
harvesting labourerMid-Level Jobs
harvesting supervisorTop Level Jobs
- Heavy Equipment Operator
In the forest products industry, heavy equipment operators operate machines like articulated haul trucks, tractor-loader-backhoes, excavators, dozers, loaders and graders. Their duties may include assessing sites and terrain. You may also do material handling work – say, stacking lumber and getting it ready for shipping. Being a heavy equipment operator is a fast-paced, physically demanding job that requires attention to detail and good hand-eye co-ordination. You could also find yourself driving heavy equipment to perform a combination of operations at logging areas, like harvesting sections of trees for processing in a sawmill. To do this, you would operate a $300,000-feller-buncher machine on a caterpillar track. Manipulating a powerful, but precise, arm with a saw lets heavy equipment operators practise selective, sustainable harvesting.
heavy-duty equipment operatorMid-Level Jobs
heavy equipment operator
apprentice heavy equipment operator
shift supervisorTop Level Jobs
senior equipment operator
- Logging Truck Driver
Logging truck drivers operate heavy trucks to transport lumber and other wood products over urban, interurban, provincial and United States routes. They can work directly for forest products companies, or they may be self-employed. There are also truckers who work on special-purpose trucks, and there are shunters who move trailers to and from loading docks within trucking yards or lots. Whatever your day brings, you’ll know that every time you get behind the wheel of your rig, you can look forward to being happy with the lifestyle you’ve earned.
truck driver, tractor-trailer
truck driver, heavy truck
shunt truck driverlong-haul truck driver
logging truck driver
flatbed truck driver
bulk goods truck driver
Silviculturalists do a variety of jobs related to reforestation. They also help manage, improve and conserve forest lands. There are many different kinds of silviculturalists. If you choose this career path, most of your work will be outdoors. You need to be fit enough to trek across rough, often steep, terrain. A typical day could see you working as part of team to fight forest fires. Or you could be tasked with marking timber to set up environmentally sustainable forest management harvesting operations. Road and trail construction is another key duty. The job also offers a chance for advancement because you are exposed to so many different aspects of a forest company’s operation.
scarification equipment operatorforest firefighter
- Supervisor, Logging and Forestry
Logging and forestry supervisors lead teams of workers who harvest and plant trees and who perform all the supporting tasks associated with these operations. Physical fitness is a must for these supervisors, because they travel to job sites over uneven terrain in remote locations. To become a supervisor, you will need technical training covering all of the activities your crew executes. This means everything from understanding the capabilities of heavy machinery to safety procedures for chain saws. Learning on the job and building your seniority is essential as well. As you gain experience, you may also act as a mentor and trainer to other staff. Your career track could see you move into senior managerial, training or sales positions.
production supervisor – logging
forestry crew supervisor
forest operations supervisor
- Woodlands Manager
This unit group includes managers who plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of establishments in forestry and logging.
woodlands superintendentMid-Level Jobs
woodlands supervisorTop Level Jobs
senior woodlands manager