Logging Machinery Operator

Mill Operations

Job Description

Logging machinery operators operate cable yarding systems, mechanical harvesters and forwarders and mechanical tree processors and loaders to fell, yard and process trees at logging sites. They are employed by logging companies and contractors.

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  • You want to live an oversized life in one of Canada’s beautiful forest communities
  • A sense of community is important to you
  • You like variety and learning new things
  • You want to make a di­fference working in a green job
  • You like mechanical problems
  • You are a team player
  • You want to be able to get out from behind your desk

Communities

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HIGH LEVEL, ALBERTA
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, ALBERTA
FORT ST-JAMES, BRITISH COLUMBIA

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Education And Training

Completion of secondary school may be required. On-the-job training from three to 16 months is provided, depending on the complexity of machinery operated and the type of woodlands operation. Experience requirements vary depending on the complexity of machinery operated. Mechanical harvester and forwarder operators may require logging experience as a chain saw and skidder operator. Feller buncher operators and cable yarder operators usually require three to five years of logging experience. Mechanical tree processor and loader operators usually require one to three years of logging experience. Certification as a heavy equipment operator may be required. Company certification for mobile logging machinery operation may be required. Provincial air brake certification may be required in British Columbia, depending on the type of equipment operated. Workplace hazardous materials information system (WHMIS) and first aid certificates may be required. Knowledge of tree harvesting regulations is required.

Cégep de Granby-Haute-Yamaska
University of Alberta
Langara College

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NOTE

The requirements listed are generally required qualifications for this Career Type. The qualifications may vary based on the employer and/or the geographic location of that job.

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