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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.
Forestry technicians are skilled people experienced in technical tasks that don’t usually require heavy equipment, tools or hard physical labor. Instead, their main work requires applied knowledge and skills in data recording. Working as a forestry technician means you’re comfortable using a range of instruments to do things like taking measurements, surveying land, and inspecting and monitoring job sites.
There are many different kinds of forestry technicians. Most of their work happens outdoors. You need to be fit enough to trek across rough, often steep, terrain. A typical day could see you working as part of team to fight forest fires. Or you could be tasked with marking timber to set up environmentally sustainable harvesting operations. Road and trail construction is another key duty.
The job also offers a chance for advancement because you are exposed to so many different aspects of a forest company’s operation.