First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers
Also called: Feller Buncher Operator (FB Operator), Logging Crew Foreman, Logging Supervisor, Trucking Supervisor
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Whether their boots are in the lumberyard or spiked into a tree high above the ground, logging workers know the value of the trees they harvest. The timber they take provides the raw material for hundreds of products for home and business use. Logging workers include several categories: Fallers cut down trees with chain saws and axes, then cut them into measured lengths. Logging equipment operators use heavy machinery for the same tasks. They move the logs to be loaded for transport, and pull stumps and clear brush if required. Log graders and scalers inspect logs to estimate their value. They enter data about trees on hand-held devices, and grade the lumber in the yards where logs are collected before shipping. Logging worker supervisors have years of experience in the field. They train workers, assign jobs, and solve on-site problems to ensure compliance with regulations. Working around falling trees and heavy equipment, logging requires a balance of quick, intelligent decision-making and an appetite for physical work. Workers spend all their time outdoors… often climbing and lifting… sometimes in poor weather. The hazards of logging require rigorous safety practices and equipment. Work is usually more available in warmer months, and may be located in remote, isolated sites. A significant number of logging workers are self-employed. While many logging workers have a high school education, almost all learn on the job.
What they do:Directly supervise and coordinate activities of logging workers.
On the job, you would:
- Monitor workers to ensure that safety regulations are followed, warning or disciplining those who violate safety regulations.
- Monitor logging operations to identify and solve problems, improve work methods, and ensure compliance with safety, company, and government regulations.
- Change logging operations or methods to eliminate unsafe conditions.
Engineering and Technology
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
- manufacture and distribution of products
- movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
- keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
- listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
- managing your time and the time of other people
- selecting and managing the best workers for a job
Ideas and Logic
- notice when problems happen
- make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
- communicate by speaking
- listen and understand what people say
- quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
- use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Hearing and Speech
- recognize spoken words
People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Inventory management software
- Landmark Sales LOG-istics
- TradeTec Computer Systems TallyWorks Logs
- BCS Woodlands Software The Logger Tracker
Office suite software
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