Pukall Lumber Company is a family-owned and -operated wood products manufacturer located in Arbor Vitae, WI. The sawmill was founded by Fred Pukall in 1937. Since that time, Pukall Lumber has grown steadily and is one of the largest pine lumber mills in the state and the premier lumber and building supply businesses in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Our Vision is to be a market-leading organization for the benefit of our customers, our employees, and our community.

The Machine Operator-Planing/Moulding Mill will operate machinery and other equipment that produces finished boards and mouldings by performing the essential duties and responsibilities to include:

Basic set-up and operate machines to include turning on cutting heads, infeed rollers, lubrication, chip-breakers, run/jog.

Adjust cutting heads, infeed rollers, infeed gate, side shoes, straight edges, hold downs, outfeed rollers, chip-breakers.

Set production speed by adjusting controls for feed rate, cutting tool speed, and cut depth.

Read production work orders. Confirm lumber species, grade, and size for production run.

Assure product measurements, quality, and all specifications are correct. Maintain thickness tolerance by measuring boards throughout production run.

Maintain the machine by oiling and greasing joint knives when they are dull; change knives and chains as needed. Responsible for oiling and greasing machines.

Identify lumber defects. Check for stones and nails embedded in the unfinished boards and remove as needed. Check lumber moisture contact.

Maintain quality control by monitoring finished product, rejecting items that do not meet specifications, and removing those from production.

Communicate with Lift Driver when wood shavings trailer is full and needs to be replaced.

Responsible for clean-up procedures in work area and surroundings.

Responsible for shutdown operations to include turning off machines and blowers at the end of shift. Assure shutdown conforms to all required standards.

Other duties as assigned.


High school diploma or equivalent. Three to six months related experience and/or training in machine operations and lumber grading standards is preferred.

Ability to maintain constant awareness of surrounding activity and respond quickly to changes or problems. Ability to carry out instructions proficiently in written and verbal form. Ability to interpret a variety of information in written and oral form. Meet productivity standards. Consistently at work and punctual. Respond to management direction.

Ability to read, write, and comprehend verbal and written instructions to include safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

The employee is regularly required to stand for 10-hour shifts, walk, use hands to handle boards and reach with hands and arms. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.

Regular, full-time position scheduled 12-hour shifts Monday through Thursday 6:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m., with the opportunity to work additional hours Friday 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $19.00 – $23.00 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Referral program
  • Vision insurance


  • 12 hour shift
  • Day shift

Work Location: In person