In the forest products industry, heavy equipment operators operate machines like stationary cranes, forklifts, dozers, and loaders in sawmills and other forest product facilities. You may also do material handling work like stacking lumber and getting it ready for shipping. Being a heavy equipment operator is a fast-paced, physically demanding job that requires attention to detail and good hand-eye co-ordination.


other titles

Crane Operator, Loader Operator, Stacker Operator, Forklift Operator


Usually there are no formal credentials required. Instead, heavy equipment operators rely heavily on accumulated experience to get and keep jobs. 

earning potential

  • Average Annual Salary: $22,631-27,157

  • Average Hourly Rate: $11-13


  • Move and unload logs, lumber or other material

  • Be able to operate a variety of machines such as cranes, forklifts and knuckled boom loaders

This job is right for you if...

  • You like big machines

  • You are a team player

  • You like the outdoors


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