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Timber Technical Training Print Timber Technical Training

Timber Technical Training




 To conduct industrial training courses which prepare people for employment in the timber processing industries.

 To carry out refresher and in-situ training for sawmill personnel in sawmilling, timber moulding and related disciplines.

 To provide diagnostic and advisory services to the industry at large.

 To improve existing training courses and to expand into other and more advanced areas of training.

Sawdoctoring Course
Sawdoctoring is a skilled trade involving the maintenance of saws and related machines in a sawmill. In other words, it is to ensure that the saws are in good condition so that the sawmill will maintain the quality and production of timber.

This course is of 22 weeks duration and consists of 15 percent theoretical studies and 85 percent practical work. The course is conducted twice yearly on a regular basis.  Picture
The major areas of study are as follows:-

  1. Sawmill machine care (including band-wheel refacing)
  2. Sawmill alignment
  3. Bandsaw fitting
  4. Saw welding (including stellite tipping)
  5. Bandsaw benching
  6. Circular saw maintenance
  7. Trouble shooting

Sawmill Maintenance Course
This course is designed primarily for practising sawmill mechanics and those who desire to work in sawmills as sawmill mechanics. Upon successful completion of the course, the trainee is expected to have acquired sufficient skill and technical knowledge for the satisfactory maintenance of sawmill machinery.

This course is of 22 weeks duration and consists of 40 percent theoretical studies and 60 percent practical work. The course is conducted twice yearly on a regular basis.

The course covers the following areas:  Picture

  1. Hand tools and their functions
  2. Files and filing
  3. Oxy-acetylene welding
  4. Electric welding
  5. Sawmill machineries and alignment
  6. Grinding wheel and machines
  7. Thread forms, drills, reamers, taps and dies
  8. Lathe
  9. Shaper
  10. Lubrication oil, grease, friction bearings, anti-friction bearings
  11. Coupling, roller chain and sprocket
  12. V-belts, flat power belting
  13. Gear and gear drives, reduction units
  14. Technical drawing
  15. Fluid power systems (hydraulics and pneumatics)

Timber Moulding Course
This course is a highly specialized trade involving the design and development of profile knife, maintenance of knives and operation of moulding machines.

This course is of 12 weeks duration, and consists of 30 percent theoretical studies and 70 percent practical work. The course is conducted twice yearly on a regular basis. Picture

 The course covers the following areas:

  1. Tools and functions
  2. Design and development of the profile knife
  3. Knife maintenance
  4. Principles and practices in the operation of moulder, planer and knife grinder
  5. Maintenance of moulder, planer and knife grinder
  6. Quality control and product finishing

Kiln Drying Technology
This course is aimed to improve the overall standard of kiln handling, kiln operation and kiln maintenance. It is designed primarily for practising as well as prospective kiln operators.

This course is of 6 weeks duration and consists of 60 percent theoretical studies and 40 percent practical work, pertaining to the techniques and theoretical background of kiln drying. It is only conducted upon request. 
The principal areas of study are: Picture

  1. Timber identification
  2. Properties of wood in relation to drying (i.e. with emphasis on wood moisture relations)
  3. Principles and practices in air drying
  4. Principles and practices in kiln drying
  5. Kiln structures and controls
  6. Kiln maintenance and trouble shooting
  7. Kiln treatments
  8. Kiln and Boiler safety

Wood Preservation Course
The aims of this course are:

  1. to introduce different methods of treatment, types of preservatives, proper method of handling treated timber and quality control.
  2. to emphasize on safety procedures in the handling of treatment plant, preservatives and disposal of woodwastes.


This course is of 3 weeks duration and Pictureconsists of 60 percent theoretical studies and 40 percent practical work. It is only conducted upon request.
The major areas of study are:

  1. Agents of wood deterioration
  2. Preservatives and their suitabilities
  3. Treatment methods with emphasis on full cell process and OPM etc
  4. Plant operation and safety, waste disposal
  5. Quality control standards, specifications

Assessment Examinations
At the end of their training, trainees are assessed both in their practical skills and theoretical knowledge. Their performances in these examinations are assigned grades of PASS, FAIL CREDIT or DISTINCTION. These grades are indicated in the "Certificate of Attendance" which each trainee will receive upon completion of the training.

Application For Admission and Trainee Selection
Notices inviting applications for enrolment in the training courses are advertised in local newspapers well in advance of course commencements. Applications must be submitted on the appropriate forms obtainable from the offices of the Forest Departments of Sarawak and Sabah.

Applications from other States in Malaysia must be channelled through the office of the State Secretary of Sarawak, whereas applications from outside Malaysia must be made through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia.

Trainees domiciled in Sarawak are exempted from payment of fees whereas the costs of tuition, room and board for participants outside Sarawak will be charged RM5,000 for Sawdoctoring and Sawmill maintenance Courses, RM2,500 for Timber Moulding Course and RM1,000 for Kiln Drying Technology Course.

TRTTC (for Kiln Drying Technology, Wood Preservation and Timber Moulding Courses) and the joint Sarawak-Sabah Committee for Sawmill Training (for Sawdoctoring and Sawmill Maintenance Courses) select trainees for the respective courses. Trainees are selected for admission on the basis of their work experience, qualifications and personal aptitudes. Priority for admission is normally given to applications from sawmill personnel and other wood-based industries in Sarawak and Sabah. However, school leavers with at least SRP/LCE/SPM/STPM or equivalent certificates may also be accepted.

For enquiries pertaining to application procedure, admission requirements, training fees and others, please contact us