Tree-Shear Operator

Drive and operate logging tractors.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Tree-Shear Operators do?

Drives and operates logging tractor equipped with frontal hydraulic shear to fell trees: Maneuvers tractor to position jaws of shear around tree bole, and activates shear to cut and fell tree. May control hydraulic tree clamp and boom to lift, swing, and bunch sheared trees and be designated Feller-Buncher Operator.


Should I be a Tree-Shear Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Tree Feller Operator, Tree Shear Operator

    How to become a Tree-Shear Operator

    Most Tree-Shear Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9gaaaa&chl=no+college+%2890%25%29|certificate+%2810%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,90,90
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