As it applies to the Planermill Maintenance Technician II and I Apprenticeship at the College of the Rockies, a planer is a tool which is used to smoothen and/or even the thickness of wood, such as a board. There are several types of planers including manual and machine powered; among the more common of the latter are the jointer, which flattens and straightens the edges and surfaces of wood, and the thickness planer, which creates an even thickness throughout the wood. A Planermill Maintenance Technician is a person responsible for the maintenance and planning and execution of all major repairs and overhauls of planers and planermill equipment, including the upkeep of replacement parts and quality standards of planermill output. Planermill technicians usually work in various aspects of the construction, forest, and wood industries or related employment. The planermill technician profession is closely related to the millwright trade, which involves the designing, manufacturing, and/or repairing of mills and/or mill equipment; however, the former also has close ties with wood-based work like cabinetmaking, carpentry, refinishing, wood products and manufacturing, and woodworking.
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