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Tree Trimmers and Pruners

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Using sophisticated climbing and rigging techniques, cut away dead or excess branches from trees or shrubs to maintain right-of-way for roads, sidewalks, or utilities, or to improve appearance, health, and value of tree. Prune or treat trees or shrubs using handsaws, hand pruners, clippers, and power pruners. Works off the ground in the tree canopy and may use truck-mounted lifts.

    Work Activities
    • Operate shredding and chipping equipment, and feed limbs and brush into the machines.
    • Operate boom trucks, loaders, stump chippers, brush chippers, tractors, power saws, trucks, sprayers, and other equipment and tools.
    • Clean, sharpen, and lubricate tools and equipment.
    • Cut away dead and excess branches from trees, or clear branches around power lines, using climbing equipment or buckets of extended truck booms, or chainsaws, hooks, handsaws, shears, and clippers.
    • Hoist tools and equipment to tree trimmers, and lower branches with ropes or block and tackle.
    • Climb trees, using climbing hooks and belts, or climb ladders to gain access to work areas.
    • Supervise others engaged in tree trimming work and train lower-level employees.
    • Plan and develop budgets for tree work, and estimate the monetary value of trees.
    • Trim, top, and reshape trees to achieve attractive shapes or to remove low-hanging branches.
    • Inspect trees to determine if they have diseases or pest problems.
    • Load debris and refuse onto trucks and haul it away for disposal.
    • Prune, cut down, fertilize, and spray trees as directed by tree surgeons.
    • Provide information to the public regarding trees, such as advice on tree care.
    • Trim jagged stumps, using saws or pruning shears.
    • Clear sites, streets, and grounds of woody and herbaceous materials, such as tree stumps and fallen trees and limbs.
    • Collect debris and refuse from tree trimming and removal operations into piles, using shovels, rakes, or other tools.
    • Remove broken limbs from wires, using hooked extension poles.
    • Water, root-feed, and fertilize trees.
    • Cable, brace, tie, bolt, stake, and guy trees and branches to provide support.
    • Install lightning protection on trees.
    • Scrape decayed matter from cavities in trees and fill holes with cement to promote healing and to prevent further deterioration.
    • Spray trees to treat diseased or unhealthy trees, including mixing chemicals and calibrating spray equipment.
    • Apply tar or other protective substances to cut surfaces or seal surfaces and to protect them from fungi and insects.
    • Transplant and remove trees and shrubs, and prepare trees for moving.
    • Split logs or wooden blocks into bolts, pickets, posts, or stakes, using hand tools such as ax wedges, sledgehammers, and mallets.
    • Harvest tanbark by cutting rings and slits in bark and stripping bark from trees, using spuds or axes.
    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.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    Knowledge
    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • 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.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $38,650/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $18.58/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 1,470
    • Yearly Projected Openings 190
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Concern for Others
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    Tools
    • Sprayers
    • Secateurs or pruning shears
    • Pruning saw
    • Dump trucks
    • Aerial working platform truck
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Electronic mail software
    Tags
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.