Drives 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.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Natural Resource Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Inspects equipment for safety prior to use, and performs necessary basic maintenance tasks.
- Controls hydraulic tractors equipped with tree clamps and booms to lift, swing, and bunch sheared trees.
- Grades logs according to characteristics such as knot size and straightness, and according to established industry or company standards.
- Drives 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.
- Drives crawler or wheeled tractors to drag or transport logs from felling sites to log landing areas for processing and loading.
- Fills out required job or shift report forms.
- Drives tractors for building or repairing logging and skid roads.
- Drives and maneuvers tractors and tree harvesters to shear the tops off of trees, cut and limb the trees, and cut the logs into desired lengths.
- Calculates total board feet, cordage, or other wood measurement units, using conversion tables.