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Barron, Wi

 The purpose of the framer is to accurately set the “face” of the poles, precisely and accurately drill the proper holes, place the necessary gains, ensure proper ground line preparation, as well as attaching identification tags on the utility poles. Additionally the Framer must be able to identify and assess all of the limited and prohibitive defects as described in the ANSI standards as they relate to utility poles. The framer is also the person responsible for filling out the daily reports associated with the daily activity at the framing station. The Framer is also part of the labor force and will be called upon to assist with all of the labor duties.

 Shaving with a drawknife, any areas missed by the mechanical shaver, and problem spots or repairing damaged spots on poles and other products.
 Measuring and marking properly the locations of the gains, holes, tags and other associated parts of poles and other products.
 Measuring ground lines, tops, knots of poles and other products for compliance with ANSI, AWAP, ASTM, REA grading standards.
 Properly identify any defects, limited or prohibited, and apply the proper grading rules per ANSI, AWPA, ASTM, REA standards.
 Drilling the holes with precision and accuracy per the framing instructions of the customers.
 Read and interoperate framing drawings correctly.
 Install any and all associated markings per the customers’ specifications, including but not limited to; star locks, marking tags, specialty tags, burn brands, balance points.
 Accurately filling in the daily paper records of the framing station activity, including but not limited to; framing reports, yard change reports, QC audits, brokerage audits.
Hazardous Waste Management duties:
If you are assigned a job that requires you to be involved in hazardous waste relate duties, you must also read, understand, and sign the "Hazardous Waste Management" Team addendum. The addendum describes specific duties, policies, and training requirements that are in addition to your regular job description. If you have not signed off on this job description and received the hazardous waste training you are not authorized to perform any duties related to hazardous waste management.
Education: High School diploma or equivalent.
 Must have at least 1 year experience working with utility poles.
 Working in an outdoor environment in variable weather conditions.
 Ability to read and correctly interoperate framing diagrams and drawings.
 Must understand Bell Lumber & Pole inventory system.
 Ability to keep the framing area organized and properly equipped with the tools needed to complete the work orders.
 A strong familiarity with and practical knowledge of the ANSI, REA and AWPA specs as they relate to utility poles and associated products.
 Ability to accurately and precisely read a tape measure.
 Ability to precisely and accurately drill framing holes as needed.
 Ability to climb on, over and around poles and pole piles.
 Advanced math skills.
 Good communication skills, verbal and written.
 Must be fluent in English.
 Good handwriting.
 Ability to safely use all powered and hand tools required to complete the proper framing as related to the customers specifications.
 Safety – must be able to properly use and maintain all PPE associated with this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms and is occasionally required to sit, talk and hear, and to use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee will frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, infrequently lift up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus. The work environment characteristics are best defined as an outdoor environment with exposure to elements such as heat, cold, precipitation, wind. Employees will have moderate exposure to noise as heard in pole production yard, including exposure to higher noise levels associated with power equipment. Employee will have light exposure to the chemicals and solutions used in treating wood. The job may occasionally require overtime.