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
high school diploma/GED or no high school diploma/GED usually needed
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