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Education And Training
I have started to compile a list of colleges in areas that
offer specialised forest machine operator training. This will include chainsaws, mechanical
harvesting, and sky lines.
Being a trained forest machine operator can be a well paid,
secure, exciting and very satisfying occupation but there are a few points to consider before embarking on this career.
Self motivation is important as some operators can work on their own for long periods of time with very little human contact. The equipment is very expensive
for employers to buy so long working hours
and good steady production is expected.
Diplomacy is very important as you may deal with the land
owners, agents and foresters on a regular basis and they can make your life
very difficult if you antagonise them.
Working to a high standard and paying attention to
environmental issues is expected.
The quality of your work will determine whether your employer will be
rewarded with future contracts.
In some cases, for example on the skyline, you will be working as part of a team, so good
communication skills will be needed.
You will get cold, wet and your hands dirty at some point as
machines don't always break down on a nice day in summer, some mechanical
experience is a big advantage to employers.