Also known as Delimber Operator, Feller Buncher Operator, Harvester Operator, Loader Operator, Log Processor Operator, Logging Equipment Operator, Logging Shovel Operator, Skidder Driver, Skidder Operator, Yarder Operator
Also known as Delimber Operator, Feller Buncher Operator, Harvester Operator
Logging Equipment Operators drive 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.
In addition, Logging Equipment Operators includes operating stand-alone logging machines, such as log chippers.
Logging Equipment Operators are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Logging Equipment Operators. More generally, Logging Equipment Operators are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Logging Equipment Operator is $43,210, and the average salary is $43,570. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Logging Equipment Operator salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Logging Equipment Operators earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Logging Equipment Operators earn less than $25,760 per year, 25% earn less than $33,080, 75% earn less than $52,780, and 90% earn less than $63,050.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Logging Equipment Operators is expected to change by 8.4%, and there should be roughly 5,100 open positions for Logging Equipment Operators every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Logging Equipment Operator are usually higher in their Realistic interests.
Logging Equipment Operators typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Logging Equipment Operator tend to value Support, Independence, and Relationships.
Most importantly, Logging Equipment Operators very strongly value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Logging Equipment Operators moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Lastly, Logging Equipment Operators somewhat value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Logging Equipment Operators must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, initiative, and self-control.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Logging Equipment Operators, ranked by importance:
Working as a Logging Equipment Operator may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Logging Equipment Operators need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Logging Equipment Operators may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as mechanical, public safety and security, or production and processing knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Logging Equipment Operators might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Logging Equipment Operators must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Logging Equipment Operators need abilities such as control precision, reaction time, and multilimb coordination in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Logging Equipment Operators, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Logging Equipment Operators frequently use skills like operation and control, operations monitoring, and equipment maintenance to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Logging Equipment Operators, ranked by their relative importance.
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