Hardwood Manufacturers Association

Career Outlook

Employment of industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, woodworkers and millwrights is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The need to keep increasingly sophisticated machinery functioning and efficient will continue to create demand for these workers. The industry needs workers and is actively hiring.

Careers Represented

Dispatcher, Transportation Clerk, Data Entry Clerk, Log Scaler, Head Scaler, Log Yard Mobile Equip. Operator, Bucking/Scanner Operator, Chipper Operator, Debarker Operator, Hog/Mulcher Operator, Log Yard Utility Labor, Moulder Operator, Mill Utility Labor, Sawyer, Gang Operator, Resaw Operator, Edger Operator, Trimmer Operator, Green Chain Inspector, Green Lumber Sorter Operator, Green Lumber Stacker Operator, Green Lumber Piler, Saw Filer, Millwright, Fireman/Boiler Tender, Yard & Kiln Utility Labor, Lift Operator, Kiln, Predryer, Fan Shed Operator, Loading Equipment Operators, Fellers, Buckers, Log Truck Operators, Skidder or “Cat” Operators, Welders, Carpenters, General Maintenance, Over-the-Road Truck Driver, Planer Operator, Dry Lumber Sorter Operator, Dry Lumber Stacker Operator, Packager Operator, Straight-Line Rip Operator, End Tally Person

Educational Opportunities

Collaborative educational opportunity:

Hardwood Manufacturers Certificate Program

Brief Overview

The Hardwood Manufacturers Association (HMA) is the only national trade organization with membership limited to hardwood sawmills and lumber concentration yards located in the United States.

HMA’s unique nationwide marketing-communications effort, the American Hardwood Promotion Program, is designed to build demand for U.S. hardwood flooring, cabinetry, millwork and furniture. The Program’s comprehensive website, is a one-stop resource for both hardwood Enthusiasts and Building Professionals seeking information about selecting, decorating and building with American hardwoods.

Student Scholarships

Certificate Program

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    Typical Education

    Educational requirements vary by position, some students attend a community college or four year college with an accredited Forestry/Wood Products program.  Industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights typically need a high school diploma. Industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers also usually need at least a year of on-the-job training. Most millwrights go through an apprenticeship program that may last up to 4 years.




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