Logging Plant Operators operate plants to fell trees and drag, transport and load logs onto trucks.

Specialisations: Forwarder Operator, Skidder Operator, Tree Feller Operator.

You can work as a Logging Plant Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in harvesting and haulage might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Prepares and positions plant for operation.
  • Operates plant to hold, lift and cut trees.
  • Operates attachments to lift, swing, release and sort trees and logs, and operates auxiliary plants such as chipping machines and log splitting machines.
  • Feeds felled trees into processors to strip limbs and cut into logs and load logs onto stockpiles and into trucks.
  • Keeps log tallies and writes work reports.
  • Services plant and performs minor repairs.

More about Agricultural, Forestry & Horticultural Operators

All Agricultural, Forestry & Horticultural Operators

  • $1,500 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Logging Plant Operators

  • 1,300 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 95% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 53 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Logging Plant Operators (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 1,100 in 2011 to 1,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Logging Plant Operators work in many parts of Australia. South AustraliaTasmania has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Construction; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (95%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 53 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 2% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing71.7
Construction9.1
Manufacturing6.9
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4.0
Other Industries8.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateLogging Plant OperatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW20.831.6
VIC20.925.6
QLD17.320.0
SA14.07.0
WA11.910.8
TAS14.22.0
NT0.61.0
ACT0.31.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketLogging Plant OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.7-5.05.0
20-2410.1-9.39.3
25-3423.2-22.922.9
35-4424.1-22.022.0
45-5423.8-21.621.6
55-599.5-9.09.0
60-644.5-6.06.0
65 and Over3.1-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationLogging Plant OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree1.2-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma1.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV32.5-21.121.1
Year 1212.0-18.118.1
Year 119.4-4.84.8
Year 10 and below43.5-12.512.5

You can work as a Logging Plant Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in harvesting and haulage might be helpful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • forklift licence
  • manual drivers licence
  • first aid certificate
  • Psychometric or aptitude tests

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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Employers look for Agricultural, Forestry & Horticultural Operators who are trustworthy and responsible, can communicate with a variety of people and have good team work skills.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    63% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Administration and management

    40% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  3. Public safety and security

    34% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  4. Transportation

    33% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  5. Production and processing

    32% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 45-4022.00 - Logging Equipment Operators.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    96% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  2. Dangerous equipment

    94% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  3. Exposure to contaminants

    94% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  4. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    92% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  5. Face-to-face discussions

    92% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 45-4022.00 - Logging Equipment Operators.

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