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Training / Events / 49th Annual Dry Kiln Operator's Short Course - Raleigh, NC
« Last post by admin on November 08, 2017, 02:39:02 PM »
The 49th Annual Dry Kiln Operator’s Short Course

Where: Raleigh, NC

When:  June 5 – 8, 2018

For More Information: contact Phil Mitchell: phil_mitchell@ncsu.edu
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Job Postings / Finish End and Shipping Supervisor - Sawmill - North Carolina
« Last post by admin on November 08, 2017, 02:29:25 PM »
Job#171003FS - Finish End and Shipping Supervisor - Sawmill - North Carolina
Location: United States
Industry: Lumber
Wage: $60-$80k/year depending on experience
Education Required: College degree preferred but not required.
Years Experience Required:  The idea candidate must have a minimum of 3 years sawmill production finish end and shipping supervisor experience.

Description:
Manage the business and day to day operations of the sawmill  finish end and shipping areas while promoting safety, quality, productivity, recovery, employee development, manufacturing cost and value goals.  This will be a working supervisor position that will be on the floor throughout the day and involved with detailed improvement to all aspects.

Position Responsibilities:   
  • Lead the Sawmill finish end, lumber yard and shipping with a business mindset to continually improve safety, quality, production, lumber and grade recovery, and costs.
  • Responsible for green grading, sorters and sorter set up, dry and green stacker, tallies on green and dry along with ticket printing.
  • Fully in charge of all lumber graders for hardwood
  • Understand pine grading and have training process in place
  • All lumber inventories
  • Shipping of lumber
  • Stick lumber and dead pack lumber management on yard and warehouses / rotation of old lumber. Management of entire lumber yard, sheds and yard maintenance
  • Fully in charge of all drying all lumber and scheduling of kilns (will work with sales to schedule kiln) / responsible for weekend duties and scheduling of weekend duties.
  • Responsible for lift drivers and servicing schedule of all lift truck.
  • Improved plant packaging quality, efficiency and cleanliness.
  • Quality control of dry end lumber / Planner mill QC and efficiency
  • You are expected to lead with leadership and continuously strive to improve all areas of operations.
  • Take initiative to research and implement improved operational methods, including reducing target sizes.
  • Ensure a safe working environment for employees including employee training in safe equipment operation and motivate all employees to lead the sawmill to superior safety performance; inspect equipment to ensure safety devices are in place and in working order; lead safety behavior by example.
  • Constantly challenge us to find higher values in finished products and in other areas.
  • Team leader strong in encouragement and motivation; cooperate with other departments and department personnel.
  • Promote team communication and involvement within sawmill and between other departments.
  • Manage and direct flow of logs and lumber through the sawmill.
  • Track and publish critical performance indicators.
  • Fully accept responsibility for department.
  • Be a top level safety advocate and train employees and enforce proper use of implemented safety processes and procedures. This requires participation in safety reviews, training and audits.
  • Oversee all aspects of production and quality to ensure high levels of production while lowering costs and enhancing quality. This requires inspecting materials, products and equipment to detect defects, malfunctions and machine run ability.
  • Develop and manage various budgets (manufacturing costs, labor, production, etc.). Able to develop processes and procedures to manage these budgets and promote adherence of direct reports to these budgets.
  • Analyze work orders and production schedules to evaluate and project production outputs.
  • Collaborate with the Lumber Mill Manager, Supervisors and Wood Procurement to coordinate daily activities and determine production objectives to ensure optimal levels of quality production and timely delivery of products to customers.
  • Coordinate with supervisors to plan labor requirements for production schedules including overtime requirements to control and assure timely changes and efficient use of resources.
  • Ensure company assets and physical plant are secure and well maintained. Identify and recommend needed capital replacements as well as strategic capital. Working with engineers, vendors and other associated company personnel, ensure capital projects are completed safely, on time and within budget.
  • Perform root cause analysis to identify and eliminate bottlenecks and barriers to safety, quality, costs, productivity and attendance and achieve desired results through personal commitment, focus and compliance with plant and corporate best practices and policies.
  • Foster opportunities for learning and growth for all employees, ensure training procedures are up-to-date and documented and continue development for all supervisors and leads.

Position Requirements:
  • Proven success at prior sawmill finish end and shipping supervisory experience.
  • 3 years sawmill experience.
  • Experience with highly automated pine sawmill including optimizers.
  • Diverse background in the sawmill industry.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Team oriented leader, engage others in decision making process.
  • Strong technical knowledge of sawmill technology, equipment and machinery.
  • Strong grading knowledge of both dimension, boards and industrial lumber products.
  • Demonstrated ability to innovate and encourage advancement in sound business decisions and in risk taking.
  • A business manager mindset, constantly challenging the status quo.
  • Knowledge, experience and skills associated with appropriate computer applications.
  • Ability to self-direct and prioritize workflow.
  • Ability to manage several assignments simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • High achiever who demands quality work, is efficient & constantly striving to improve processes & people.
  • High analytical ability
  • MS Office computer skills
  • NHLA / Pine grading is a plus

If you are interested in this job and have the required skills, please submit your resume in MS Word to info@TopWoodJobs.com and note the job location and name in the Subject.

You will not hold Top Wood Jobs responsible for our contacting and relaying reference checks to our clients. Supply a cover letter in reference to the job(s) you are applying for. Only candidates that meet the job qualifications will be contacted, but we will hold on to your resume if submitted for future possible jobs.

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Job Postings / Dry Kiln Operator -- Mobile, AL
« Last post by admin on November 08, 2017, 12:02:52 PM »
Dry Kiln Operator
Posting ID:           11761
Job Title:              Full Time Hourly
City:                    Mobile, AL, United States
Location:              Mobile Sawmill (AL02)


Who We Are:
Canfor - a leading integrated forest products company and one of the world’s largest producers of sustainable lumber, pulp and paper - is a recognized employer of choice and an exciting place to grow your career.

We have an established presence in the southern US and in Western Canada, as well as sales offices around the world, and are proud of our committed team of over 6,500 employees.
 

The Opportunity:
Canfor is currently looking for an experienced individual to join our team as a Dry Kiln Technician

The Role:
  • The ability to work in a safe and efficient manner
  • Available to work day, afternoon, and weekend shifts
  • Operating and maintaining mobile equipment
  • Completion of grade 12, a GED or a minimum of 5 years related work experience, or equivalent training
  • Good interpersonal skills and communication
  • Ability to analyze and troubleshoot mechanical equipment
  • Inventory tracking and reporting
  • Basic computer skills, reporting
  • Enthusiastic, positive attitude
  • Knowledge of the lumber manufacturing process would be an asset

Hiring for this position is ongoing and will be filled as required. To be considered for this position, please apply today.

As we continue to expand our company and our markets, now is the ideal time to grow your career with Canfor. We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages, and are committed to the professional development of our employees.

Join Canfor for the stability, exciting career opportunities and growth potential while working for a recognized industry leader.

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Job Postings / Kiln Supervisor - Maxville, FL
« Last post by admin on November 08, 2017, 11:49:15 AM »
Kiln Supervisor
Maxville, Florida

West Fraser is a diversified North American wood products company producing southern yellow pine lumber and wood chips across the Southern US and Western Canada.  We are the largest lumber producer in North America!

Our employees operate in a culture that values safety first and rewards hard work. We recognize and support our team culture and focus on growing our team by promoting from within – many of our employees have built their careers with us.

The successful candidate will be responsible for all function at the kiln department including safe work practices and procedures, stacking/loading/drying quality, drying practices and kiln schedules, operator scheduling and coverage.

Responsibilities:
  • Daily quality audits
  • Feedback and communication with stacker department
  • Yard inspections
  • Work practice audits and standardization
  • Quality testing
  • Interface with leadership and kiln operators
  • Maintenance assignments and planning
  • Preventative maintenance checks and routines
  • Kiln and boiler recordkeeping

Requirements include:
  • Excellent team-building and motivational skills
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Must successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen and background check

Our highly competitive compensation package includes:
  • Competitive starting pay along with on-the-job training and a culture that strongly believes in promoting from within
  • Outstanding benefits package including medical, dental, 401k, life insurance, disability, paid vacations and holidays

For more information or to apply click here or email your resume to opportunity@westfraser.com

If you are ready to build your career in a company that thrives on growth, a safe work environment, rewarding work, challenge and opportunity, come build your career with us at West Fraser: www.westfraser.com
We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please apply through our online application process as resumes will not be accepted at the site.  No phone inquiries, please.

West Fraser is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/D & Drug Free Workplace (DFW)

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Job Postings / Kiln Heavy Duty Forklift Operator -- Newberry, SC
« Last post by admin on November 08, 2017, 11:38:49 AM »
West Fraser is a diversified North American wood products company producing southern yellow pine lumber and wood chips across the Southern US and Western Canada.  We are the largest lumber producer in North America!

Our employees operate in a culture that values safety first and rewards hard work. We recognize and support our team culture and focus on growing our team by promoting from within – many of our employees have built their careers with us.

The lift position is a forklift driver that is responsible for transporting lumber in the green lumber yard, to & from the dry kilns.

This department is a 24/7 operation and will work 12 hour evening shifts 6pm - 6am.

Entry level responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
  • Remove stacked lumber from one stored area, transport & load into the kilns for drying.
  • Place cross pieces of lumber between lumber as necessary.
  • Remove dried lumber and move to dry storage shed for the next process.
  • Transport tagged green or dry lumber in the  yard and stack according to dimension and length
  • Lubricate lift and fill fuel tank when necessary
  • Pickup broke boards and all lumber as well as any debris from around the kilns, green yard, and dry storage area

Required skills and experience include:
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Ability to work in hot, cold, dusty, and noisy industrial environment
  • Ability to bend, twist, lift, climb, stand throughout the duration of the shift
  • Ability to work rotating shifts, holidays and weekends
  • Demonstrate a commitment to safety
  • Minimum of six (6) months in a manufacturing or industrial environment preferred
  • Must successfully complete a pre-employment background, drug screen, and physical

West Fraser operates several sawmills across the U.S. South and a Corporate office in Germantown, Tennessee.  The business has approximately 2,400 employees and fifteen plants.  West Fraser is a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of West Fraser Timber Co. LTD., Canada.

Benefits:
  • West Fraser offers competitive benefits including: medical, dental, life insurance, disability, and 401-k savings plans.

 All persons meeting that criteria above are encourage to apply, however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.  Applications will not be accepted at the location.  No phone inquiries, please.

For more information click here

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Training / Events / NEKDA 2017 Fall Meeting - Waterville ME
« Last post by admin on October 12, 2017, 01:23:12 PM »
New England Kiln Drying Association

2017 Fall Meeting - November 1-2, Waterville, ME

at the Best Western Plus Hotel $89 per night

            375 Main Street, Waterville, Maine  |  207-873-0111
            Plant Tours -
                Kennebec Lumber
                Pride Manufacturing
            Dry Kiln Operator's Clinic
            Technical Presentations
                Kiln Maintenance and Repair
                Thermal Treating of Lumber
                Quality Control of Moisture / Determination of Moisture Content
                The Chemistry of Thermal Treatment
                Dri Stick Kiln Stickers
                Power Vents to Save Energy and Improve Quality
                A Low Cost Thermal Imager

Visit http://www.esf.edu/nekda/ for more information
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Job Postings / KILN OPERATOR TRAINEE -- Philomath OR
« Last post by admin on October 12, 2017, 01:16:49 PM »
We are willing to train you!!
 
Georgia-Pacific’s Philomath, Oregon facility is seeking a dedicated and reliable employee to fill our Forklift/Kiln Operator Trainee. Starting training wage begins at $17.19 per hour.  Work schedule is a 2-3-2 night shift starting at 6 p.m., after initial training period on days.  With this schedule you have every other weekend off and three weekdays off when you do work the weekend.  This is the schedule created by the employees in the Kiln Department as this department operates 24/7.  Must be able to work outside in all weather conditions, work weekends and holidays as scheduled.
 
In this position you will be trained to drive forklift; operate kilns (load, unload, understand moisture content of lumber through kilns and complete preventative maintenance on Kilns).  Train to safely operator boiler.
 
Preferred / but not required:
    Prior forklift experience.
    Prior experience working in a sawmill, with similar equipment or in similar industrial production jobs.
 
All candidates must be team oriented, motivated and actively participate in and promote a safe working environment. Must be capable of wearing all OSHA mandated safety equipment required for this job.
 
We are an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran
Except where prohibited by state law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test.

For more information or to apply click here and enter 050767 as a search term

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Job Postings / Finishing End Superintendent, Port Angeles, WA
« Last post by admin on October 12, 2017, 10:41:33 AM »
Finishing End Superintendent, Port Angeles, Washington

Who We Are

Interfor is a growth-oriented lumber company with operations in Canada and the United States. We have an annual production capacity of 3 billion board feet and offer one of the most diverse lines of lumber products to customers around the world.

What We Offer

Interfor is where excellence meets opportunity. We invest in your success by positioning you alongside the best people in top quartile mill facilities located in great communities across North America. In the past decade, we've infused close to $1 billion into modern facilities and systems that employ the latest technologies. Interfor is one of the largest lumber companies in the world and we're growing in exciting directions. Come be a part of our success.

What You’ll Do

• Maintain the highest standards for safety performance and lead with an impeccable personal example and a well communicated vision.

• Manage the planer mill, dry kiln, yard and shipping (safety, productivity, quality, costs and employee engagement).

• Manage environmental activities including storm water outfalls, dust system, and process water.

• Liaise with the sales department to ensure product alignment.

• Lead the continuous improvement process by engaging and developing employees.

• Partner with process control leadership to drive superior results in value creation.

• Assist in maintenance prioritization and planning activities.

• Manage departmental forecasts, budgets and spending.

• Provide leadership and support for capital projects.

What You Offer

• Thorough knowledge of lumber manufacturing including equipment and processes.

• Strong understanding of lumber products. • Post-secondary education is preferred.

• Minimum 5 years of experience in sawmill or planer mill operations at the supervisor and/or superintendent level.

• Strong leadership and organizational skills.

• Strong analytical abilities and working knowledge of sawmill processes.

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work effectively in a highly interactive team environment.

• Detail and results oriented.

• Ability to function under pressure.

• Strong business focus and the ability to think tactically and strategically.

Interested in being a part of our team? Apply online at www.interfor.com/careers

We appreciate the interest of all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All applicants offered a position must successfully complete a pre-employment drug & alcohol test and background check. Interfor is an Equal Opportunity Employer building a capable, committed, diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.

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Dry Kiln Control / Re: Looking for input regarding Steam Management
« Last post by TimothyD on October 10, 2017, 10:13:35 PM »
Great Topic TILLAMOOK!
I am probably by far the least experienced regarding this topic than all our other more qualified forum experts. Having said that, I would like to make a few mentions which I hope will be notable or at least entice further discourse.  I would like to speak from a reference I recently read which seemed to help clarify some basic main physical processes relating to temperature and pressure. Page 20 of this resource: http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/5057/Optimizing_Use_ocr.pdf;jsessionid=13C7402FAC6580CE00E4B727BD10E0C7?sequence=1
list a portion of the steam tables which provide bases for analyzing work and efficiencies.

Concerning systems/piping,The steam tables demonstrate that it takes little to no extra heat to generate
steam at 250 psig as it does to generate steam at 100 psig. At higher pressures the
steam occupies a smaller space because the specific volume of the steam is decreased.
This means that if we generate steam at high pressure we can use smaller diameter
piping to transmit the steam to the dry kilns


Now, the reason that we use steam in a dry kiln instead of hot water or hot oil is that
the steam gives up all of its useful heat at constant temperature.  From the steam tables we learn that it takes
270
Btu's of heat
to the raise the temperature of one pound of water from 70€F
to 338€F at a pressure of 100 psig.
If we add an additional 880 Btu's of heat to the pound of water
we will convert the hot water to one pound of saturated steam
at a temperature of 338€F and a pressure of 100 psig.
From the steam tables we learn that the total heat in steam at
a pressure of 100 psig is 1189 Btu's
The steam tables demonstrate that it takes little to no extra heat to generate
steam at 250 psig as it does to generate steam at 100 psig. At higher pressures the
steam occupies a smaller space because the specific volume of the steam is decreased.
This means that if we generate steam at high pressure we can use smaller diameter
piping to transmit the steam to the dry kilns.

Using Steam
When steam is used in a dry kiln, the generating process is reversed. If 100 psig
steam is used in the dry kiln coil, 880 Btu's of heat are removed from the steam to dry the
lumber at a constant temperature of 338€F. The pound of steam is converted to a pound
of hot water at 338€F and the water must be removed from the kiln coil to keep from
flooding the coils. If the condensate is left in the coil and additional heat is removed the
water temperature will drop.

The reason that we use steam in a dry kiln instead of hot water or hot oil is that
the steam gives up all of its useful heat at constant temperature.

In this example the hot water exits the kiln coil at 338€F and it is discharged into
a vented condensate receiver. The maximum temperature in the vented condensate
receiver is 212€F. Some of the hot condensate is converted to flash steam and the
energy and water is vented to atmosphere. This results in energy loss or efficiencies less than 1.

This is a picture of the vent on a condensate receiver with dry kilns operating at
100 psig. This is a significant amount of energy and water loss. Tabulated below is the
potential energy loss from dry kilns operating at various pressures.
Dry Kiln Pressure  % Energy Loss
20 psig                    4.7%
50 psig                    8.6%
100 psig                  12.6%
150 psig                  15.4%

If we use low pressure steam in the dry kilns we will convert more of the total heat in the
steam to useful heat, the steam in kiln coils will be dryer, and the loss from the
condensate receiver will be reduced.

Steam Engineering's Axioms for Steam Use
From the steam table, it can be seen that the specific volume decreases as the
steam pressure increases. This suggests our first axiom.
1.
Always generate and transmit steam at the highest practical pressure. At higher
pressures, equal volumes of steam occupy smaller spaces. The physical size of
the boiler, valves, and piping can be reduced. In this axiom, the word "practical"
is important, because as pressure exceeds 150 psig and 300 psig, the cost of
piping and valves will increase, and analysis must be done to determine the most
practical (economic) pressure for generation.
This table also indicates that the latent heat of vaporization in the steam
decreases with increased pressure, which provides reasons for our second and
third axioms.
2.
Always utilize steam for process work at the lowest practical pressure. Process
work is accomplished by condensing the latent heat contained in the steam. The
lower the pressure, the greater the available latent heat in the steam and the
more efficient is the steam conversion to useful process work. Therefore, if the
process does not require an extremely high temperature, the steam should be
used at a low pressure.
3.
Once energy has been sent to the process plant as steam, extract every useful
Btu possible before it is returned to the boiler for reheat. If a high pressure
process is utilized, the steam table shows that much of the total heat in the steam
remains as useless sensible heat in the condensate. If the high pressure
condensate can be flashed to a lower pressure, then the sensible heat will be
converted to latent heat at the lower pressure and will be available to do more
useful work

Steam Load Management

Using what we have learned in the previous sections
of this paper many dry kiln operations could be improved by
operating the boiler at its highest practical pressure,
transmitting the steam to the dry kilns at high pressure and
then installing a pressure reducing station at the dry kilns to
operate the dry kilns at the lowest practical pressure. We have
used a simple electronic single loop controller with an output
rate feature to operate the recommended pressure reducing
station. The effect is that we are able to dampen the spikes and oscillations often
associated with dry kiln operation

This resource from which this information has been garnered provides a bit more insights with conclusions. I encourage everyone to have a look; it is only a few pages but stoked with billowing puffs of delightful insights.

resource: http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/5057/Optimizing_Use_ocr.pdf;jsessionid=13C7402FAC6580CE00E4B727BD10E0C7?sequence=1
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Training / Events / Re: Oregon State University Lumber Drying Workshop
« Last post by MichaelM on October 06, 2017, 09:17:11 AM »
We still have five slots left for the OSU Drying Workshop, October 16-18.
http://owic.oregonstate.edu/2017-lumber-drying-workshop
Registration closes soon.  We would love to see you there.
Mike M.
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