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Logging Equipment Operators
SOC Code: 45-4022.00

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Delimber Operator, Feller Buncher Operator, Harvester Operator, Loader Operator, Log Processor Operator, Logging Equipment Operator, Logging Shovel Operator, Skidder Driver, Skidder Operator, Yarder Operator

Tasks

  • 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.
  • Drive straight or articulated tractors equipped with accessories such as bulldozer blades, grapples, logging arches, cable winches, and crane booms, to skid, load, unload, or stack logs, pull stumps, or clear brush.
  • Drive crawler or wheeled tractors to drag or transport logs from felling sites to log landing areas for processing and loading.
  • Fill out required job or shift report forms.
  • Drive tractors for the purpose of building or repairing logging and skid roads.
  • Drive and maneuver tractors and tree harvesters to shear the tops off of trees, cut and limb the trees, and cut the logs into desired lengths.
  • Calculate total board feet, cordage, or other wood measurement units, using conversion tables.

Technology Skills

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

Tools Used

  • Articulating boom lift - Truck mounted boom loaders
  • Cargo trucks - Log transport trucks
  • Chain saw - Heavy duty chainsaws
  • Claw hammer - Nailing hammers
  • Conventional truck cranes - Tractor cranes
  • Desktop computers
  • Flatbed trailers - Equipment trailers; Log trailers
  • Forestry saws - Tree saws
  • Forestry skidders - Cable skidders; Grapple skidders
  • Grapples - Loading grapples; Yarding grapples
  • Hoes - Forestry hoes
  • Lumbering equipment - Delimbers; Grapple yarders; Tracked harvesters; Wheeled harvesters (see all 14 examples)
  • Measuring tapes - Loggers' tapes
  • Pocket knives
  • Safety glasses - Protective safety glasses
  • Scarifiers - Scarifier attachments
  • Stackers - Log stackers
  • Tablet computers
  • Tire pressure gauge - Digital tire pressure gauges
  • Treedozers - Forestry crawler dozers
  • Two way radios - Mobile radios
  • Winches - Log winches

Knowledge

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Skills

  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Abilities

  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Depth Perception - The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Rate Control - The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
  • Response Orientation - The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Spatial Orientation - The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

Interests

  • Interest code: RIC
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 99% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 87% responded “Every day.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 84% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 89% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 83% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 73% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 63% responded “Very important results.”
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment - 49% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 68% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Spend Time Sitting
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 66% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 47% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 56% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Consequence of Error - 68% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 46% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 50% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Telephone - 57% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration - 12% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 35% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 56% responded “Every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 19% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 31% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 35% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 55% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 35% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 27% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment - 36% responded “Every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 18% responded “Extremely important.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
55%Less than high school diploma
44%High school diploma or equivalent
1%Post-secondary certificate

Work Styles

  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Work Values

  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $18.46 hourly, $38,390 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 39,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Decline (-2% or lower)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 4,200

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