Yarding Engineer

Operate yarding machines to pull logs from cutting area to landing.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$25,000 – $67,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Yarding Engineers do?

Operates yarding machine to pull logs from cutting area to landing: Controls direction, speed, and braking of cable drums to position chokers or grapples over logs, pull logs across cutting area, lift logs over tree trunks and other obstructions, and position logs for loading onto trucks, using pedals and hand levers in response to whistle or horn code signals. May drag blocks, cable, and other equipment to rigging crew. May raise steel tower, or prerigged spar, and tension guy lines. May drive self-propelled yarder between yarding sites. May be designated according to type of yarding system used as High-Lead Yarder; Sky-Line Yarder; Slack-Line Yarder; or according to type of equipment operated as Grapple-Yarder Operator; Steel-Spar Operator; Triple-Drum Operator. May control machinery on deck of pullboat in cypress forest and be designated Pullboat Engineer.


Should I be a Yarding Engineer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Building Rigger, High-Lead Yarder, Pullboat Engineer, Rigging Man, Rigging Up Man, Sky-Line Yarder, Slack-Line Yarder See More

    How to become a Yarding Engineer

    Most Yarding Engineers 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:9daaaa&chl=no+college+%2868%25%29|certificate+%2832%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,68,68
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