Chain saw and skidder operators perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Operate chain saw to fell, delimb and buck trees at the logging site and loading area
B. Operate cable, or grapple skidder to move or yard the felled trees from the logging site to the landing area for processing and transportation
C. Assess site, terrain and weather conditions before felling and yarding trees
D. May work as member of a team rotating between chain saw operation and skidder operation
E. May maintain and perform minor repairs on skidders, chain saws and other equipment.
1. Completion of secondary school may be required.
2. Completion of a college program for forest workers may be required.
3. Formal training in chain saw operation and maintenance and several months of on-the-job training are usually provided.
4. Previous experience as a logging and forestry labourer or logging machine operator may be required. Experience requirements vary depending on the type and location of woodlands operations.
5. Provincial certification or a forest worker program certificate is required in some provinces.
6. Trade certification for fallers is available, but voluntary in Quebec.
3. Physical Education
4. First Aid
The average hourly wages for Chain Saw and Skidder Operators is $17.36/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the primary industry sector and are close to the average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.