WOOD TECH­NOL­O­GIST Tim­ber trail

THE LOW­DOWN

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page -

CLOCK­WORK The av­er­age day of a wood tech­nol­o­gist: 9am: Plan­ning the day with head of di­vi­sions, trainees about pro­duc­tion 10am to 2pm: Eval­u­ate the phys­i­cal and me­chan­i­cal prop­erty of the wood sam­ples. De­ter­min­ing the Wood sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy (WST) is aimed at ef­fi­cient util­i­sa­tion of tim­ber. Ba­si­cally, wood tech­nol­o­gists use their know-how to man­age and im­prove wood and wood prod­ucts. They are trained in wood physics, chem­istry and anatomy, tim­ber me­chan­ics and en­gi­neer­ing, wood sea­son­ing (dry­ing), wood preser­va­tion, wood work­ing (ma­chin­ing op­er­a­tions) and fin­ish­ing, saw milling, prod­uct de­sign, com­pos­ite wood, tim­ber en­to­mol­ogy and wood mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy. Wood tech­nol­o­gists can join wood/fur­ni­ture in­dus­tries, ply­wood in­dus­tries, buy­ing houses for ex­ports, or as re­search schol­ars and sci­en­tists in some in­sti­tutes. A wood tech­nol­o­gist ide­ally should be trained in phys­i­cal prop­er­ties of wood which would help him to iden­tify and sug­gest al­ter­nate tim­bers for var­i­ous uses. To eval­u­ate and as­sess dura­bil­ity of the wood and also sug­gest preser­va­tive treat­ments to in­crease the life of wood, s/he needs to know chem­istry of wood. Tim­ber me­chan­ics is an im­por­tant area where the wood tech­nol­o­gist would use the in­for­ma­tion for struc­tural use of wood prop­er­ties of wood sam­ples to be tested 3pm: Anal­y­sis of the data 4pm: Sug­gest suit­able use for the sam­ples based on the test re­sults 5pm: Pro­duc­tion out­put anal­y­sis of the day. Plan pro­duc­tion for the next day 7pm: Leave for the day

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