Feller Buncher Operator
The Feller Buncher Operator is responsible for operating the feller buncher machine which moves through the woods to select and fall trees in the desired direction. The operator maneuvers the machine from within an enclosed, climate controlled cab selecting trees to cut using pre-specified harvest and environmental guidelines. The operator safely maneuvers on moderate to steep slopes and rough terrain to skillfully fall trees that fit the unit detailed plans and specifications as determined by the forester. The operator uses a combination of joysticks, buttons, pedals, and levers to maneuver the machine safely. In essence, the feller buncher operator plans how each unit will be harvested to meet the forester’s guidelines. To do this, the operator must have a good understanding of the flow of logging activities from stump to truck and communicate the plan to other crew members.
The Skidder Operator is responsible for operating the skidder which is a self-propelled tracked or wheeled machine with a grapple which moves through the woods to pull and drag grappled logs or whole trees to the delimber or from the delimber to the log loading deck. The operator safely maneuvers the machine from within an enclosed, climate controlled cab, through the woods up and down moderate to steep slopes and rough terrain following pre-determined trails with minimal damage to soils and standing trees. The skidder has many other uses and using the front mounted blade, the operator may be required to do additional machine tasks, such as water barring, blading roads, digging, pushing rock, pulling trucks, slash and brush piling.
The Delimber or Processor Operator is responsible for operating the delimber or processing machine which is a self-propelled tracked machine with a long boom arm and a log bucking device, designed to grab whole trees, delimb the tree, cut “buck” the tree into log lengths, and then sort logs into decks and the debris into slash piles or in a manner creating an elk exclosure, all while parked at a specified landing or place along a planned elk exclosure. The operator safely maneuvers the machine from within an enclosed, climate controlled cab on ranch roads and within a specified area. The operator uses a combination of joysticks, buttons, pedals, and levers to maneuver the machine safely.
Log Truck Driver
The log truck driver drives the truck to & from the woods hauling logs to lumber mills or tree length firewood to local area residents when operating the self-loader truck. The driver is responsible for the safe and efficient transport of logs. Log trucks travel highways as well as unpaved, narrow, winding, steep forest roads. Unless driving the self-loader truck, the logs are loaded onto log trucks by log loader machine, located at the forested roadside. The driver operates a purpose-built, heavy log truck—which is an 18-wheel semi tractor with removable trailer with log bunks & racks.
Heavy Equipment and Truck Mechanic
The mechanic repairs, overhauls, maintains and services diesel powered heavy equipment, trucks, and gas and/or diesel powered pickups. This involves ensuring scheduled maintenance is completed as required, diagnosing problems and determining repairs needed, demonstrating continuous effort to improve operations, and working to decrease turnaround times and streamline work processes. The work is performed through the application of a body of knowledge and experience in heavy equipment maintenance. The mechanic uses considerable independent judgment in making decisions without the availability of supervision.