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Timber Technologist

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Timber Technologist
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€25 - 50
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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Work may involve importing, processing, saw milling and treating wood or the manufacture of wood products and woodworking machinery, and may also act as managers within the timber industry.


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In a few specialist firms, technologists work mainly in research and development, related to the technical aspects of preserving and processing wood. In many firms, large or small, this work is likely to be combined with sales and administration and may sometimes include marketing and distribution. Technologists are involved in supervising:

  • The manufacture of wood based panels
  • The importation and storage of timber
  • The drying of timber by kiln and natural methods
  • The chemical preservation of timber
  • The conversion of wood pulp and waste paper into paper and board, using woodworking machinery
  • The production of timber frame housing, joinery and architectural products, furniture components

Technologists also work as buyers, technical/sales representatives or in customer service. They may deal with a wide range of different customers. These could include civil and marine engineers, the environment agencies, boat builders, shop fitters and joiners.


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You must have a good understanding of the properties of timber and wood based products. You should also have a knowledge of science, particularly chemistry.

You need to be able to solve problems and work on your own initiative. An understanding of business practice and of computer skills is also useful. Organisation and communication skills are also important when dealing with customers.


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Address: The Irish Forestry Board, Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow
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