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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.

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Logging Equipment Operators
Employment Outlook for Logging Equipment Operators
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2010 was somewhat larger than the statewide average for all occupations. This occupation is expected to grow at about the statewide average rate for all occupations through 2020. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2020.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist largely due to the need to fill replacement job openings.

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
Shovel Operator 4/21/14 Sweet Home $19.00/hr DOE
Heavy Equipment Operator 4/15/14 Astoria Area DOE
De-Limber Operator 4/15/14 Klamath Area DOE
Shovel Operator / Log Loader 4/15/14 Klamath Area $16.00/hr DOE
Yarder 4/14/14 Coos/Curry $18.50/hr DOE
Processor Operator 4/14/14 Coos/Curry $18.50/hr DOE
LOGGING EQUIPMENT OPERATOR 4/10/14 Bend $12.00/hr DOE
Delimber Operator 4/9/14 Coos County $20.00/hr DOE
Delimber Operator 4/4/14 Myrtle Point $18.50/hr
Skid Steer - Equipment Operator 4/3/14 Philomath $16.00/hr DOE
Feller Buncher 3/31/14 Warm Springs DOE
Processor Operator 3/26/14 Coos County DOE
Loader Operator 3/10/14 Lane County DOE
Loader Operator 2/5/14 John Day $17.16/hr
Job Openings from the Web for Logging Equipment Operators There are no openings for this occupation.
State of Oregon License Information for Logging Equipment Operators No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Logging Equipment Operators
Region ---------------- 2013 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $15.56 $17.47 $20.07 $22.26 $23.78 $19.87 $41,330
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 19.59 20.56 22.19 23.90 27.43 22.50 46,811
Multnomah / Washington 15.44 17.95 20.13 21.92 22.99 19.29 40,122
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 16.96 19.24 20.87 22.49 23.48 20.90 43,474
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 16.09 17.60 19.71 21.90 23.21 19.88 41,342
Lane 15.97 17.35 19.49 21.96 23.59 19.81 41,219
Douglas 16.10 18.11 20.35 22.34 23.79 20.17 41,968
Jackson / Josephine 15.55 18.64 20.60 22.42 23.67 20.20 42,020
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 14.59 15.62 16.91 18.19 19.87 16.92 35,187
Klamath / Lake 13.67 15.81 18.10 20.74 22.73 18.15 37,741
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Logging Equipment Operators
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2010 2020 Growth Replacement Total
Note: Self-employment is estimated to be 10% or greater for this occupation.
Oregon Statewide 1,936 2,251 315 16.3% 32 50 82
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 263 302 39 14.8% 4 7 11
Douglas 263 305 42 16.0% 4 7 11
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 236 267 31 13.1% 3 6 9
Coos / Curry 206 222 16 7.8% 2 5 7
Lane 191 214 23 12.0% 2 5 7
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 164 190 26 15.9% 3 4 7
Klamath / Lake 106 167 61 57.5% 6 3 9
Jackson / Josephine 105 122 17 16.2% 2 3 4
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 96 144 48 50.0% 5 3 8
Baker / Union / Wallowa 67 76 9 13.4% 1 2 3
Multnomah / Washington 47 56 9 19.1% 1 1 2
Clackamas 36 37 1 2.8% 0 1 1
Grant / Harney / Malheur 31 36 5 16.1% 1 1 1
Morrow / Umatilla 29 32 3 10.3% 0 1 1
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 26 29 3 11.5% 0 1 1

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 2010
Employment
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Private 1,571
Forestry and Logging Private 1,514
Logging Private 1,513
Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry Private 57
Support Activities for Forestry Private 57
Construction Private 26
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction Private 26
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction Private 26
Manufacturing Private 259
Wood Product Manufacturing Private 242
Sawmills and Wood Preservation Private 209
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing Private 26
Transportation and Warehousing Private 29
Management of Companies and Enterprises Private 17
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services Private 25
Administrative and Support Services Private 18
Educational Requirements for Logging Equipment Operators Workers typically need a high school diploma or equivalent to enter this occupation. 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 Map Reading Techniques In Wilderness Areas
  • 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 Up And Repair Specialized Rigging
  • Set Up Lifting Devices
  • Use And Maintain Chain Saws
  • Use And Maintain Fire Suppression Equipment
  • Use Log Handling Tools And Equipment
Schools and Training Providers for Logging Equipment Operators No programs of training are associated with this occupation.
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
Fallers And Buckers 39%
Logging Workers, All Other 38%