Timber Cutting/Logging Operation
Logging workers typically do the following:
Cut down trees with hand-held power chainsaws or mobile felling machines
Fasten cables around logs to be dragged by tractors
Operate tractors that drag logs to the landing or deck area
Separate logs by species and type of wood and load them onto trucks
Drive and maneuver tractors and tree harvesters to shear trees and cut logs into desired lengths
Grade logs according to characteristics such as knot size and straightness
Inspect equipment for safety before using it and perform necessary basic maintenance tasks
Qualification and skills include but not limited to:
Fallers cut down trees with hand-held power chainsaws or mobile felling machines.
Buckers trim the tops and branches of felled trees and buck (cut) the logs into specific lengths.
Skidder Operator skid (drag) by tractors or forwarded by the cable-yarding system to the landing or deck area, where the logs are separated by species and type of product, such as pulpwood, saw logs, or veneer logs, which are then loaded onto trucks.
Log sorters, markers, movers, andchippers sort, mark, and move logs based on species, size, and ownership. They also tend machines that chip up logs.
Logging equipment operators use tree harvesters to fell trees, shear off tree limbs, and cut trees into desired lengths. They drive tractors and operate self-propelled machines called skidders or forwarders, which drag or transport logs to a loading area.
Log graders and scalers inspect logs for defects and measure the logs to determine their volume. They estimate the value of logs or pulpwood. These workers often use hand-held data collection devices to enter data on trees. The data are later downloaded to a computer.
Location/Region: Chandler, IN