Careers: Log Graders & Scalers
Log Graders & Scalers
This job is right for you if….
You enjoy learning about different tree species, and attention to detail.
Your job will include inspecting logs for defects and measuring the logs to determine their size and volume. Working on sorting yards, millponds, log decks, or other wood sorting locations, You will help to estimate the value of logs and pulpwood. These workers often use hand-held data collection devices for entering data about the trees.
What they do
Grade logs or estimates the marketable content or value of logs or pulpwood in sorting yards, millpond, log deck, or similar locations. Inspect logs for defects or measure logs to determine volume.
- listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
They do well at jobs that need:
- Attention to Detail
Median Hourly Earnings:
Job Types Include:
- Log Scaler
- Timber Inspector
- Log Yard Manager
Maine Based Resources To Get Training: Log Graders & Scalers
Currently, there are four Forestry/Wood Harvesting programs in Maine, all offer Certified Logging Professional (CLP) apprenticeship certification to successful graduates. These programs accept high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Training lasts between one and three years depending on the individual school.
- Oxford Hills Tech School – Norway, Maine
- Foster Technology Center – Farmington, Maine
- Region 9 School of Applied Technology – Rumford, Maine
- Region 2 School of Applied Technology – Dyer Brook, Maine
Maine Community College System
Community Colleges offer programs that may be of interest to prospective loggers or associated workers.
- Northern Maine Community College – Presque Isle, Maine
- Central Maine Community College – Auburn, Maine
- Eastern Maine Community College – Bangor, Maine
- Kennebec Valley Community College – Fairfield and Hinkley, Maine
- Southern Maine Community College – South Portland, Maine
- Washington County Community College – Calais, Maine
- York County Community College – Wells, Maine
University of Maine- Forestry
- University of Maine at Orono – four year undergraduate and post graduate degrees
- Univeristy of Maine at Fort Kent – two year Associates Degree – Applied Forest Management program
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Offers certification of the SFI Program as well as ongoing training on sustainable practices.
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