Logging Equipment Operator

What Does A Logging Equipment Operator Do?

Logging workers harvest thousands of acres of forests each year.  They cut down trees and operate the machinery used to drag these logs around, cut them up, and load them on to trucks.

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How Do I Become A Logging Equipment Operator?

These jobs generally only require a high school diploma, because this work may be learned on-the-job.  A certificate or degree in forest technology would likely make an applicant more valuable.

What is the Average Salary For A Logging Equipment Operator?

High – 61,000
Median – 40,000
Low – 25,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Logging Equipment Operator?

  • Trade-related courses
  • Communication

What Is The Work Environment For A Logging Equipment Operator?

Logging is physically demanding and can be dangerous. Workers spend all their time outdoors, sometimes in poor weather and often in isolated areas.  Most logging work involves lifting, climbing, and other strenuous activities. Falling branches, vines, and rough terrain are constant hazards, as are dangers associated with felling trees and handling logs.  Chain saws and other power equipment can also be dangerous; therefore, workers must be careful and must use proper safety measures and equipment.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Logging Equipment Operator?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada