Loggers work in the wood/timber industry cutting down trees and processing them into logs. They use chain saws and other specialty logging equipment to remove excess limbs and branches and trim logs into specific lengths at the cutting site. Loggers may be required to climb trees for inspection and trimming or to attach cable rigging for harvest.

Career Also Referred To As:

  • Lumberjack
  • Timber faller

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Cut down trees using chain saws and other equipment
  • Perform all logging tasks in a safe manner
  • Remove excess limbs
  • Grade logs according to characteristics such as size and straightness
  • Determine how much lumber a tree will yield
  • Trim logs into specific lengths
  • Chain logs to tractors that will tow logs to a loading site
  • Operate tractors or other machinery that drag logs
  • Plant trees using manual tools
  • Spray herbicides from the ground using spraying equipment
  • Climb trees for certain tasks as needed
  • Guide logs over obstacles when necessary
  • Inspect and maintain equipment for optimal safety and operation
  • Keep logging sites as clean and tidy as possible

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • agricultural mechanics
  • mathematics
  • natural resources
  • environmental science
  • computer skills

Education/Training Required:

A high school diploma is required to become a logger. However, some individuals might choose to obtain an associate degree or certificate in forest technology or a related field.

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