CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Log Graders and Scalers

The Benchmark Job Description below represents the specific Position Characteristics of the job used in the Salary Survey. Benchmark Job Descriptions should be inspected carefully to review the degree of matching between an organizations' Job and the Salary Survey Benchmark. Matching internal Jobs to Salary Survey Benchmark Jobs should not be done on Job Title alone. A thorough comparison of Salary Survey Benchmark to Internal Job Descriptions is recommended. A good overlap should exist on any comparisons used on critical Job Dimensions and Competencies.
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Forestry
Benchmark Title: Log Graders and Scalers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Grade logs or estimate the marketable content or value of logs or pulpwood in sorting yards, millpond, log deck, or similar locations. Inspect logs for defects or measure logs to determine volume. Evaluate log characteristics and determine grades, using established criteria.
 
Record data about individual trees or load volumes into tally books or hand-held collection terminals.
 
Paint identification marks of specified colors on logs to identify grades or species, using spray cans, or call out grades to log markers.
 
Measure felled logs or loads of pulpwood to calculate volume, weight, dimensions, and marketable value, using measuring devices and conversion tables.
 
Measure log lengths and mark boles for bucking into logs, according to specifications.
 
Identify logs of substandard or special grade so that they can be returned to shippers, regraded, recut, or transferred for other processing.
 
Jab logs with metal ends of scale sticks, and inspect logs to ascertain characteristics or defects such as water damage, splits, knots, broken ends, rotten areas, twists, and curves.
 
Drive to sawmills, wharfs, or skids to inspect logs or pulpwood.
 
Communicate with coworkers by using signals to direct log movement.
 
Weigh log trucks before and after unloading, and record load weights and supplier identities.
 
Saw felled trees into lengths.
 
Tend conveyor chains that move logs to and from scaling stations.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Forestry
Benchmark Title: Log Graders and Scalers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Forestry
Benchmark Title: Log Graders and Scalers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Forestry
Benchmark Title: Log Graders and Scalers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Forestry
Benchmark Title: Log Graders and Scalers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
Related Work Experience Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Forestry
Benchmark Title: Log Graders and Scalers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Deck Scaler
Deck Specialist
Decker
Deckman
Forester
Inspector
Landing Scaler
Log Buyer
Log Check Scaler
Log Grader
Log Marker
Log Scaler
Log Sorter
Log Yard Manager
Pond Monkey
Pond Scaler
Pondman
Procurement Forester
Raw Material Manager
Scaler
Timber Buyer
Timber Estimator
Veneer Grader
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Forestry
Benchmark Title: Log Graders and Scalers
 
 
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