Logging Equipment Operator School

The Forest Workforce Training Institute's Logging Equipment Operator Training School is a four-week program designed to equip students with little or no experience to become a logging equipment operator with all necessary safety certifications as well as Professional Logging Manager (PLM) status.

This course will consist of classroom instruction in forestry concepts, logging safety, and basic business concepts specific to logging.  Afternoon field sessions will reinforce classroom training and provide actual equipment operation at an active logging site.

The class will operate Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

This program will be limited to 8 participants, so apply now before spaces fill up!

Logging equipment operators operate heavy machines like skidders, feller-bunchers, loaders, dozers and graders.  An operator must able to work in a fast-paced physically demanding job that requires attention to detail and good eye-hand coordination.

The average salary for logging equipment operators in Alabama is $23/hour. A starting salary may be less depending on the skills of the operator and the policies of the hiring company. Employment upon completion of this course is not guaranteed.

For more information or if you are interested in hiring a graduate, please contact:

Ray Clifton - Director of Training




2020 Dates and locations will be posted below as they are announced:

Andalusia Area: March 16th - April 10th

Auburn/Opelika Area: May 25th - June 19th

Moundville/Demopolis Area: July 13th - August 7th

*Dates and locations are subject to change


  • Must be 18+ years of age

  • Must be able to pass a drug test

  • Must have a valid Alabama driver’s license

  • Must be able to provide own transportation to and from training sites

  • Must provide your own steel-toed work boots

  • Previous experience with equipment operation (farm tractors, dozers, etc.) is desirable but not required.


  • Classroom Training

    • Safety

    • First Aid

    • Forest Management

    • Dendrology/Tree I.D.

    • Silviculture

    • Sustainability

    • Professional Logging Manager (PLM)

    • Business Management

    • Communications

  • Field Training

    • Equipment Safety

    • Best Management Practices (BMP)

    • Timber Sale Lay Out

    • Basic Equipment Maintenance


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