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Logging Equipment Operators

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. Includes operating stand-alone logging machines, such as log chippers.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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 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.
    • 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.
    • Calculate total board feet, cordage, or other wood measurement units, using conversion tables.
    • Drive tractors for building or repairing logging and skid roads.

    Skills

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Operations 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.

    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.

    • 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.

    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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 38270/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 18.4/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 320
    • Yearly Projected Openings 50

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Initiative
    • Self Control
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Cooperation
    • Independence

    Tools

    • Lumbering equipment
    • Grapples
    • Forestry skidders
    • Flatbed trailers
    • Articulating boom lift

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