Wood Technologist

Wood Technologist

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. If you plan to pursue it as your career then you would be 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. You can join wood/furniture industries, plywood industries, buying houses for exports, or as research scholars and scientists in some institutes. As a wood technologist you should be ideally trained in physical properties of wood which would help you 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, you are required to know chemistry of wood. Timber mechanics is an important area where you would use the information for structural use of wood.

Job Aspects : Analytical, Attention to detail, Creative, Decision Making, Goal Focussed, People Skills, Physical Labour, Professional Degree

Job Pressure Medium

Academic Pressure Medium

  • Early Salary

    1 - 2 L

  • Mid Level Salary

    4 - 5 L

  • Senior Salary

    7 - 8 L

What do they do?

As a Wood Technologist you will have to study methods of curing wood and exploring methods for converting wood into commodities, such as alcohol, veneer, plywood, wood plastics and other uses. You will have to analyse physical, chemical and biological properties of wood. You will also be developing and improving methods of preserving and treating wood with substances to increase resistance to wear, fire, fungi and infestation. 

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