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Logging Equipment Operators

Also called: Loader Operator, Logging Equipment Operator, Skidder Driver, Skidder Operator

What they do:
Drive logging tractor or wheeled vehicle equipped with one or more accessories such as bulldozer blade, frontal shear, grapple, logging arch, cable winches, hoisting rack, or crane boom, to fell tree; to skid, load, unload, or stack logs; or to pull stumps or clear brush.
On the job, you would:
  • Inspect equipment for safety prior to use, and perform necessary basic maintenance tasks.
  • Control hydraulic tractors equipped with tree clamps and booms to lift, swing, and bunch sheared trees.
  • Grade logs according to characteristics such as knot size and straightness, and according to established industry or company standards.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products

Skills

Basic Skills
  • 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
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Spatial
  • imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed
  • know where things are around you
Vision
  • decide which thing is closer or farther away from you or decide how far away it is from you

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Cooperation
  • Independence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Human resources software
  • TradeTec TallyWorks TimeTracker
Data base user interface and query software
  • BCS Woodlands Systems The Logger Tracker
Inventory management software
  • TradeTec TallyWorks Logs

Education

Education: (rated 1 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$37,490
per year, on average
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