Chain saw and skidder operators

National Occupation Code (NOC): 8421

Chain saw and skidder operators operate chain saws to fell, delimb and buck trees, and operate skidders to move or yard the felled trees from the logging site to the landing area for processing and transportation. They are employed by logging companies and contractors.

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Job Duties for Chain saw and skidder operators

  • Operate chain saw to fell, delimb and buck trees at the logging site and loading area
  • Operate cable, or grapple skidder to move or yard the felled trees from the logging site to the landing area for processing and transportation
  • Assess site, terrain and weather conditions before felling and yarding trees
  • May work as member of a team rotating between chain saw operation and skidder operation
  • May maintain and perform minor repairs on skidders, chain saws and other equipment.

Working Conditions for Chain saw and skidder operators

Work is performed in remote outdoor conditions with heavy machinery; this is often conducted alone or with significant distance from co-workers. There is a high risk of injury from both falling trees and the equipment used to cut them.

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