The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:
A. Cable yarding system operators operate machines to transport trees from logging areas to landing or log loading sites in mountainous terrain in western Canada.
B. Mechanical harvester and forwarder operators assess site and terrain and drive heavy equipment to perform a combination of felling, slashing, bucking, bunching and forwarding operations at logging areas.
C. Mechanical tree processor and loader operators operate a variety of machines which perform a combination of slashing, bucking, chipping, sorting and loading logs or trees at landing sites.
1. To be a logging machinery operator, you usually need some high school education.
2. You receive on-the-job training, which varies from three to sixteen months, depending on the type of woodland operation and the machinery you'll be operating.
3. To be a logging machine operator, you may need heavy equipment operations certification, air brake certification, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) certification, first aid certification, and company certification for mobile logging machinery operation.
4. To be a mechanical harvester or forwarder operator, you may need chain saw and skidder operator experience.
5. To be a feller buncher or cable yard operator, you usually need from three to five years' logging experience.
6. Most recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate, and almost 3 in 10 have a Community College diploma.
1. Physical Education
2. First Aid
3. Machine Shop
The average hourly wages for Logging Machinery Operators is $19.51/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the primary industry sector and are close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.