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Logging truck drivers operate heavy trucks to transport lumber and other wood products over urban, interurban, provincial and United States routes. They can work directly for forest products companies, or they may be self-employed. There are also truckers who work on special-purpose trucks, and there are shunters who move trailers to and from loading docks within trucking yards or lots.
Whatever your day brings, you’ll know that every time you get behind the wheel of your rig, you can look forward to being happy with the lifestyle you’ve earned.
Most driver training courses take about three months through a vocational school or community college. To drive straight-body trucks you will need a Class 3 or D licence. A Class 1 or A licence is needed to drive long-combination vehicles. Air brake endorsement (Z) is required for drivers who operate vehicles equipped with air brakes. There are numerous training programs across the country.
Heavy Equipment Operator
In the forest products industry, heavy equipment operators operate machines like articulated haul trucks, tractor-loader-backhoes, excavators, dozers, loaders and graders. Their duties may include assessing sites and terrain. You may also do material handling work — say, stacking lumber and getting it ready for shipping. Being a heavy equipment operator is a fast-paced, physically demanding job that requires attention to detail and good hand-eye co-ordination.
You could also find yourself driving heavy equipment to perform a combination of operations at logging areas, like harvesting sections of trees for processing in a sawmill. To do this, you would operate a $300,000-feller-buncher machine on a caterpillar track. Manipulating a powerful, but precise, arm with a saw lets heavy equipment operators practise selective, sustainable harvesting.