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What is a Logging Equipment Operator?

Career Description 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.

Daily Life Of a Logging Equipment Operator

  • Fill out required job or shift report forms.
  • Inspect equipment for safety prior to use, and perform necessary basic maintenance tasks.
  • Drive crawler or wheeled tractors to drag or transport logs from felling sites to log landing areas for processing and loading.
  • Calculate total board feet, cordage, or other wood measurement units, using conversion tables.
  • Control hydraulic tractors equipped with tree clamps and booms to lift, swing, and bunch sheared trees.
  • Drive tractors for the purpose of building or repairing logging and skid roads.

Logging Equipment Operator Required Skills

When polled, Logging Equipment Operators say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Equipment Maintenance: Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Troubleshooting: Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

  • Shovel Logger
  • Skidder Driver
  • Cutter Operator
  • Log Hauler
  • Log Truck Driver

Job Outlook for Logging Equipment Operators

There were about 39,100 jobs for Logging Equipment Operator in 2016 (in the United States). There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Logging Equipment Operator. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 4,200 job openings in this field each year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Logging Equipment Operators in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Logging Equipment Operator are Oregon, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Watch out if you plan on working in Alaska, Georgia, or Vermont. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Logging Equipment Operator Make?

The average yearly salary of a Logging Equipment Operator ranges between $25,750 and $60,320.

Salary Ranges for Logging Equipment Operators

Logging Equipment Operators who work in Idaho, Washington, or California, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Logging Equipment Operators in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $38,520
Arizona $47,230
Arkansas $41,870
California $51,520
Colorado $39,480
Florida $38,560
Georgia $38,020
Idaho $55,520
Indiana $34,650
Kentucky $31,090
Louisiana $43,010
Maine $36,840
Maryland $42,500
Michigan $35,880
Minnesota $42,740
Mississippi $38,430
Missouri $34,080
Montana $43,260
New Hampshire $40,910
New York $40,470
North Carolina $45,090
Ohio $33,460
Oklahoma $46,560
Oregon $46,910
Pennsylvania $38,730
South Carolina $40,600
South Dakota $40,530
Tennessee $35,200
Texas $42,190
Vermont $41,250
Virginia $43,150
Washington $51,060
West Virginia $33,720
Wisconsin $37,880
Wyoming $43,730

What Tools do Logging Equipment Operators Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Logging Equipment Operators may use on a daily basis:

Becoming a Logging Equipment Operator

What education or degrees do I need to become a Logging Equipment Operator?

Logging Equipment Operator Degree Level

How many years of work experience do I need?

Logging Equipment Operator Work Experience

Where Logging Equipment Operators Work

Logging Equipment Operator Sectors

The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

Logging Equipment Operator Industries

Career changers with experience as a Logging Equipment Operator sometimes find work in one of the following fields:


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