8241 Logging machinery operators
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Lead statementLogging machinery operators operate cable yarding systems, mechanical harvesters and forwarders and mechanical tree processors and loaders to fell, yard and process trees at logging sites. They are employed by logging companies and contractors.
- slasher operator – logging
- rigging slinger – logging
- grapple operator – logging
- delimber operator
- feller forwarder operator
- steel spar operator – logging
- treelength forwarder operator
- log processor operator
- chipping machine operator
- yarder operator – logging
- loader operator – logging
- feller buncher operator
- shortwood harvester operator
- linehorse operator
- Completion of secondary school may be required.
- On-the-job training from three to 16 months is provided, depending on the complexity of machinery operated and the type of woodlands operation.
- Experience requirements vary depending on the complexity of machinery operated.
- Mechanical harvester and forwarder operators may require logging experience as a chain saw and skidder operator.
- Feller buncher operators and cable yarder operators usually require three to five years of logging experience.
- Mechanical tree processor and loader operators usually require one to three years of logging experience.
- Certification as a heavy equipment operator may be required.
- Company certification for mobile logging machinery operation may be required.
- Provincial air brake certification may be required in British Columbia, depending on the type of equipment operated.
- Workplace hazardous materials information system (WHMIS) and first aid certificates may be required.
- Knowledge of tree harvesting regulations is required.
- There is some mobility among jobs in this group from the less complex to more complex machinery operation.
- There is some mobility between employers, particularly in similar types of woodland operations.
- Self-employment as a logging contractor is possible with investment in equipment.
- Logging machinery operators may perform minor repairs and maintenance on their equipment.
- Progression to logging and forestry supervisory positions is possible with experience.
- Chain saw and skidder operators
- Heavy equipment operators (except crane)
- Silviculture and forestry workers
- Supervisors, logging and forestry
- Transport truck drivers