Resaw Operator- Columbia Falls Lumber
Plum Creek 12 reviews - Columbia Falls, MT

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Plum Creek is the United States’ largest private land owner. We produce lumber, plywood and medium density fiberboard (MDF) in five wood products manufacturing facilities in the Northwest. We’re listed on the S&P 500, located in 19 states and our various business groups include professionals in forestry, real estate, land management, manufacturing, accounting, human resources, and legal.
Plum Creek's lumber products have earned the highest reputation for manufacturing excellence in the lumber industry.
Columbia Falls Lumber is located in beautiful Columbia Falls, Montana. This is truly a magical place where the tallest structures are still trees and wildlife still outnumbers the residents. We’re located in the Flathead Valley, which stretches 60 square miles and features numerous lakes, wild and scenic rivers, adjacent peaks of Glacier National Park, and amazing powder days up at Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort or Blacktail Ski Resort. You’ll be able to build a rewarding and successful career with Plum Creek, while enjoying the low-key atmosphere of Montana that tends to make our tight-knit communities a happy and warm place to live and visit. We offer a position with on-the-job training, continued growth potential, and a career limited only by you.
At Plum Creek Columbia Falls Lumber, we strive to develop and promote talent from within, which provides our employees the opportunity to operate multiple machine centers within our mill. Our manufacturing facilities are highly automated and utilize many leading edge technologies in the wood products industry.
As a Resaw Operator at Columbia Falls Lumber, you will have the opportunity to:
Learn and operate the Resaw, Edger, and Gang Saw in the sawmill.
Maintain the flow of lumber through the sawmill.
Optimize the quality of lumber at production pace.
Operation of the Resaw includes maintaining the flow of slabs from the twin saw onto the slat bed and into the unscrambled, then feeding them into the resaw wane up; clearing the unscramble; and straightening pile-ups on the slat bed. The horizontal resaw operator uses a control panel to select the thickness and feed speed depending on the size and species of lumber. Other responsibilities include maintaining quality of the lumber by making adjustments in the computer and by keeping the saw guides clean. Making minor repairs to the machinery and maintaining equipment, including but not limited to blowing down equipment, and changing saws at the end of shift and as needed.
Operation of the Edger includes monitoring cants going to the resaw and gang saw by handling lumber and operating controls switches to sort and feed lumber; starting and stopping the edger system to monitor lumber transfers; cutting/edging lumber to optimize grade and quality; clearing any lumber jams in the edger infeed or outfeed; monitoring the reader board and responding to error messages; positioning lumber wane up for the scanner and edger. Assisting gang and horizontal resaw operators with any problems. Maintaining continuous flow of flitches while separating good pieces from scrap; discharging waste through trash gate and placing them on in-feed to the edger optimizer; handling up to 20 pieces a minute while maintaining production flow. Making minor repairs to the machinery and maintaining equipment, including but not limited to assisting millwrights, and blowing down equipment.
Operation of the Gang Saw includes controlling cant transfers and conveyors; positioning cants for quality and grade; making adjustments in the computer to assist with production flow; reading micrometer to check lumber sizes; monitoring waste conveyors; changing saws and guides. Communicating with and assisting the twin saw operator when needed (putting cant on sharp chain, unplugging turnaround belts, fixing plugged outfeed belts, straightening slabs on slab deck, and logs standing in unscrambler). Making minor repairs to the machinery and maintaining equipment, including but not limited to keeping gang cameras and photo eyes clean; blowing down equipment; changing saws and guides as necessary; cleaning the equipment and feed rolls; moving cants by hand or with bars to correct jams; and operating a chain saw when necessary.
When necessary, the Resaw Operator will assist with other production duties/positions in the sawmill and/or planer.

Additional Requirements:
Education: High School Diploma or equivalent is preferred.
Experience: Prefer a minimum of 2 years of experience operating Resaw. Experience in a board mill is a plus.
Additional Requirements: The job of Resaw Very Heavy Duty job. Very Heavy Duty involves exertion of more than 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or more than 50 pounds frequently, and/or more than 20 pounds continuously to move objects.
A sense of urgency in terms of maximizing production, and minimizing downtime is necessary in this type of manufacturing environment.
Tasks performed involve work with equipment and material that require familiarity with formal safety procedures and the following of these procedures in order to maintain the safety of the work environment.
Candidates must have the ability to interpret and apply verbal and/or written instructions, and have good hand eye coordination.
Willingness to work varying shifts, overtime and weekends/holidays. The pre-employment process includes completing a medical evaluation, passing a drug screen and background check.
Total Rewards: Plum Creek wants to attract and keep the best people-the team who drives our business success. Your benefits package from Plum Creek consists of a comprehensive range of benefits including Health Care coverage, Health and Dependent Daycare Funds, Life and Disability protection, Saving and Retirement benefits, Vacation, Holidays, and more.
Hourly Rate: $19.52
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Closes at 11:59 p.m. (MST) on February 18, 2013.
Plum Creek is an equal opportunity employer.

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12 reviews
Plum Creek is one of the largest private landowners in the United States, with more than 6 million acres from coast-to-coast. We are...