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  NOC 8241 – Logging machinery operators

To apply under NOC-8241 National Occupation Classification you must follow the roles and responsibilities of Logging machinery operators.

Required roles and responsibilities:-

Logging machinery operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Cable yarding system operators operate machines to transport trees from logging areas to landing or log loading sites in mountainous terrain in western Canada.
  • Mechanical harvester and forwarder operators assess site and terrain and drive heavy equipment to perform a combination of felling, slashing, bucking, bunching and forwarding operations at logging areas.
  • Mechanical tree processor and loader operators operate a variety of machines which perform a combination of slashing, bucking, chipping, sorting and loading logs or trees at landing sites.

You can also see the required titles to apply as a Logging machinery operators

NOC 8241 – Logging machinery operators: example titles.

  • bunk skidder operator
  • cable yarding operator
  • cable yarding system operator
  • chipping machine operator
  • chipping machine operator – logging
  • crane and claw operator – logging
  • delimber and buncher operator
  • delimber operator
  • feller buncher operator
  • feller delimber operator
  • feller forwarder operator
  • forwarder operator – logging
  • grapple operator – logging
  • grapple yarder operator – logging
  • linehorse operator
  • loader operator – logging
  • loader, logging truck
  • log loader operator
  • log loading machine operator
  • log process operator
  • log processor operator
  • logging crane operator
  • logging machinery operator
  • logging truck loader
  • mechanical harvester and forwarder operator
  • mechanical harvester operator – logging
  • mechanical tree processor and loader operator
  • mechanical tree processor operator – logging
  • mobile chipper operator – logging
  • mobile whole tree chipper – logging
  • operator, cable yarding system
  • operator, chipping machine – logging
  • operator, crane and claw – logging
  • operator, delimber
  • operator, feller buncher
  • operator, forwarder – logging
  • operator, grapple loader – logging
  • operator, grapple yarder – logging
  • operator, linehorse
  • operator, log loader
  • operator, log loading machine
  • operator, logging crane
  • operator, logging machinery
  • operator, mechanical harvester – logging
  • operator, mechanical tree processor – logging
  • operator, mobile chipper – logging
  • operator, picker truck
  • operator, pulpwood harvester
  • operator, shortwood harvester
  • operator, slasher – logging
  • operator, slasher sawyer – logging
  • operator, tree processor – logging
  • picker truck operator
  • pulpwood harvester operator
  • rigging slinger – logging
  • shortwood harvester operator
  • slasher loader operator
  • slasher operator – logging
  • slasher saw operator – logging
  • slasher sawyer operator – logging
  • slasher-brusher
  • steel spar operator – logging
  • tree harvester operator
  • tree processor operator – logging
  • treelength forwarder operator
  • tree-length harvester operator
  • yarder operator – logging
  • yarding engineer – logging

Employment Requirements

  • 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.

Additional Information

  • There is some mobility among jobs in this group from the less complex to more complex machinery operation.
  • There is some mobility between employers, particularly in similar types of woodland operations.
  • Self-employment as a logging contractor is possible with investment in equipment.
  • Logging machinery operators may perform minor repairs and maintenance on their equipment.
  • Progression to logging and forestry supervisory positions is possible with experience.


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