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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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.
|Mount Royal University|
|Collège O’Sullivan de Québec|
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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