Logging Equipment Operator

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.

Educational Requirements

for Logging Equipment Operators
The typical entry level education for this occupation is a high school diploma or equivalent.


Examples of the knowledge needed for success in this occupation is listed below, in order of importance. This information comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET).
  • Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Public Safety and Security: Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Production and Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.


Examples of the skills needed for success in this occupation are listed below, in order of importance.
  • Operation and Control: Using equipment or systems.
  • Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working.


Examples of the abilities needed for success in this occupation are listed below, in order of importance.
  • Control Precision: Quickly changing the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
  • Reaction Time: Quickly moving your hand, finger, or foot based on a sound, light, picture or other command.
  • Multilimb Coordination: Using your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness: Keeping your arm or hand steady.
  • Depth Perception: Deciding which thing is closer or farther away from you, or deciding how far away it is from you.

Detailed Work Activities

Examples of the detailed work activities involved with this occupation are listed below, in order of importance.
  • Maintain forestry, hunting, or agricultural equipment.
  • Inspect equipment or facilities to determine condition or maintenance needs.
  • Evaluate log quality.
  • Cut trees or logs.
  • Maintain personnel records.