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Occupational Report for Logging Equipment Operators (45-4022) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

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. Logging truck drivers are included in "Heavy and Tractor Trailer Truck Drivers" (53-3032).

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Logging Equipment Operators
Employment Outlook for Logging Equipment Operators
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was somewhat larger than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a much faster rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist largely due to the significant number of job openings projected for this occupation.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Logging Equipment Operators There are 14 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 14 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Rubber Skidder Operator 10/20/14 Klamath Falls DOE
Rubber Tired Feller Buncher Operator 10/20/14 Klamath Falls DOE
Timbco Operator 10/9/14 Hermiston DOE
Dangle Head Processor Operator 10/6/14 Springfield DOE
Delimber Operator 9/25/14 Lane County DOE, Neg.
Shovel Operator 9/23/14 Coos County $20.30/hr DOE
Cat Skidder Operator 9/19/14 Klamath Area $16.00/hr DOE
De-Limber Operator 9/19/14 Klamath Area DOE
Skidder Operator 9/19/14 La Grande $16.00/hr DOE
Feller Buncher Operator 9/3/14 Sweet Home DOE, Neg.
Harvester Operator 8/27/14 Sweet Home $20.00/hr to $24.00/hr DOE
Forwarder Operator 8/27/14 Sweet Home $16.00/hr to $20.00/hr DOE
Delimber - Processor / Shovel Operator 8/19/14 Powers $18.00/hr to $21.00/hr DOE
Skidder / Cat Operator 8/15/14 Pilot Rock/Pendleton $16.00/hr to $18.00/hr DOE
Job Openings from the Web for Logging Equipment Operators There are no openings for this occupation.
State of Oregon License Information for Logging Equipment Operators No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Logging Equipment Operators
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $15.90 $18.63 $20.51 $22.36 $24.92 $20.32 $42,269
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 19.02 20.13 21.96 24.96 27.89 22.40 46,610
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 18.47 19.45 20.91 22.36 23.67 20.84 43,343
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 17.78 19.44 21.16 22.88 26.28 21.29 44,279
Lane 16.90 19.11 20.82 22.53 24.87 20.78 43,213
Douglas 16.78 19.13 20.70 22.28 23.43 20.50 42,653
Coos / Curry 15.55 18.83 20.59 22.35 25.67 20.45 42,530
Jackson / Josephine 15.88 18.66 20.50 22.33 24.48 20.29 42,195
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 14.30 15.56 16.88 18.18 20.02 16.88 35,115
Klamath / Lake 13.88 15.42 17.21 19.72 22.30 17.59 36,574
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Logging Equipment Operators
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 2,112 2,800 688 32.6% 69 32 101
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 287 386 99 34.5% 10 4 14
Douglas 281 385 104 37.0% 10 4 14
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 252 310 58 23.0% 6 4 10
Lane 227 318 91 40.1% 9 4 13
Coos / Curry 221 258 37 16.7% 4 3 7
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 192 257 65 33.9% 6 3 9
Klamath / Lake 117 138 21 17.9% 2 2 4
Jackson / Josephine 114 130 16 14.0% 2 2 4
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 85 114 29 34.1% 3 1 4
Baker / Union / Wallowa 84 105 21 25.0% 2 1 3
Multnomah / Washington 58 68 10 17.2% 1 1 2
Clackamas 53 66 13 24.5% 1 1 2
Morrow / Umatilla 41 57 16 39.0% 2 1 3
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 29 40 11 37.9% 1 0 1
Grant / Harney / Malheur 17 21 4 23.5% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
Data Sources and Limitations
Industries of Employment for Logging Equipment Operators
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 2,112
Total All Industries Private 2,103
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Private 1,686
Forestry and Logging Private 1,638
Logging Private 1,632
Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry Private 48
Support Activities for Forestry Private 48
Manufacturing Private 286
Wood Product Manufacturing Private 256
Sawmills and Wood Preservation Private 219
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing Private 37
Paper Manufacturing Private 30
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills Private 30
Transportation and Warehousing Private 36
Truck Transportation Private 22
Specialized Freight Trucking Private 22
Management of Companies and Enterprises Private 53
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services Private 29
Administrative and Support Services Private 22
Educational Requirements for Logging Equipment Operators The typical entry level education for this occupation is a high school diploma or equivalent. In addition, moderate-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Logging Equipment Operators
  • Apply Fire Suppression Techniques
  • Apply General Logging Techniques
  • Apply Loading And Unloading Procedures
  • Apply Timber Grading Standards
  • Clear Brush
  • Determine Log Grades By Examining, Weighing And Measuring
  • Estimate Angles And Dimensions For Loading And Unloading
  • Follow Safety Procedures
  • Identify Wood Species And Characteristics
  • Judge Distances
  • Judge Terrain Conditions For Vehicle And Equipment Operation
  • Maneuver Heavy Objects
  • Operate Blade Or Grader Machine Or Equipment Such As Bulldozers, Scrapers, Or Carryalls
  • Operate Material Moving And Loading Equipment
  • Operate Specialized Equipment In Forestry Activities
  • Operate Tractors
  • Operate Two-Way Radio
  • Read And Understand Operating Manuals
  • Read Instruments And Gauges On Construction And Related Heavy Equipment
  • Set Guy Wires For Yard Equipment
  • Set Up And Repair Specialized Rigging
  • Use And Maintain Chain Saws
  • Use And Maintain Fire Suppression Equipment
  • Use Log Handling Tools And Equipment
  • Use Maps In Wilderness Areas
Schools and Training Providers for Logging Equipment Operators The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Apprenticeship Division
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite1045
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (971) 673-0761
Programs of Training:
Northwest College of Construction
8111 NE Holman St.
Portland, OR 97218-4021
Phone: (503) 256-7300
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Logging Equipment Operators No Career Pathway links were found for this occupation.
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Logging Equipment Operators matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Logging Workers, All Other 35%