Careers: Logging Equipment Operator

Logging Equipment Operator

This job is right for you if

You like the outdoors, like big machines, and are a team player.

What They Do:

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. Includes operating stand-alone logging machines, such as log chippers.

Basic Skills:

  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions

Fast Facts:

Nearly half (45%) of Maine’s harvesting industry is employed as a logging equipment contractor. Jobs have increased by 2.5% from 2010 to 2020.

They Do Well At Jobs That Need:

  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Cooperation
  • Independence

Median Hourly Wage / Earnings:


Job Types Include:

  • Logger
  • Logging Machinery Operator
  • Feller-Buncher Operator
  • Log Loader Operator

Maine Based Resources To Get Training: Logging & Harvesting

Entry Level Education

High School CTE’s

Currently, there are. four Forestry/Wood Harvesting programs in Maine., all offering Certified Logging Professional (CFP) 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.

Maine Community College System

Community College offers programs that may be of interest to a prospective logger or associated worker (i.e. anyone with an interest in logging but does not actively log or supervise loggers). Includes foresters, truckers, others. Programs vary from welding to equipment operation, diesel engine mechanics, hydraulics, and more.

University of Maine – Forestry Education and Research


Mechanized Logging Operations

Twelve-week certificate training program of the Maine Community College System (MCCS) in collaboration with the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine (PLC).


Certified Logging Professional Program (CLP)

To be certified, candidates must attend a CLP-sponsored four-day workshop (32 hours total) and then pass a worksite evaluation. The workshop includes three days of classroom instruction in first-aid/CPR, forest management and silviculture, safe and efficient wood harvesting, and business/utilization.

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Qualified Logging Professional (QLP)

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Northeast Master Logger Certification (NEMLC)

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