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The West Virginia Wood Technology Center (WTC), located in Elkins, W.Va., is a nationally recognized center that provides training for those interested ina career in the wood industry . In 2002, the WTC partnered with the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) and Fairmont State Community and Technical College to provide NHLA sanctioned training in hardwood lumber grading and inspection .
The highly esteemed 14-week program offers extensive hands-on training, and provides classroom instruction by NHLA trained lumber inspector. Lumber inspectors are needed throughout the wood industry in facilities ranging from sawmills and dry kilns to flooring plants. While at the center, each student receives the practical skills and experience needed to work as a lumber inspector. Lumber grading is a respected, high paying position and a strong demand for lumber inspectors gives graduates many opportunities to find employment.
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