The Kilns Watchman is responsible for operating wood and gas boilers within parameters while maintaining adequate steam pressure.
Assist kiln supervisor with conditioning, starting, and stopping of kilns. Check for kiln process errors and correct as needed. - Perform proper boiler fuel mixing and usage. Perform sawmill chip removal and decking. - Load sawdust, bark, and sawmill chip trucks as needed. - Assist with plant snow removal as directed. (seasonal) - Check and grease all boiler related bearings. - Check and maintain all boiler related feed screws and belts. - Operate front end loader, forklift, scissors lift, and bucket lift as needed. - Perform safety and maintenance checks on equipment as directed. - Remove and dispose of top and bottom ash. - Keep boiler room and related areas clean of all combustibles. - Test boiler water chemistry and apply treatment within specifications. Test low water cutoffs daily. - Close and open steam valves and headers. - Generate weekly fire systems report. - Regularly check diesel and electric fire pumps for proper operating and readiness condition. Check and maintain hose stations. - Perform fire, water, electrical, and security watches as directed by supervisor. - Plant gate admittance during non-production hours. - Contact emergency agencies if needed. - Comply with all federal, state, and local regulations when operating boilers and with all NHD safety regulations.
Education: High School Diploma or equivalent Experience: Mechanical, electrical, computer, and heavy equipment operation experience; strong attention to detail, good written and verbal communication skills; ability to make clear and correct decisions under pressure.
Northern Hardwoods is an integrated hardwoods products company that manages the entire forest-to-products process, from harvesting timber to the production of hardwood lumber, pulpwood, and veneer logs in a State-Of-The-Art Hardwood Sawmill. Northern Hardwoods prides itself on its one-of-a-kind white hard maple. The company has capabilities to Surface 2 Sides (S2S) all its products, along with Straight Line Rip One Edge and Rip to Width. Northern Hardwoods specializes in slow drying pre-dry and kiln operation, sustainable forest management, and ripped to width lumber strips. Please visit our website www.northernhardwoods.com to learn more about the company. Northern Hardwoods is a portfolio organization of the J.M. Longyear family of companies. Headquartered in Marquette, Michigan, J.M. Longyear is a privately held asset-based manager with 150 years of experience growing long-term value. Longyear’s interests span a vast spectrum of markets that include forestry and land management, mining & metals, hardwood products, manufacturing, real estate, and medical device products.