Transporting logs securely from forest skid sites to ports, mills, or intermediate locations like rail yards is the responsibility of logging truck drivers. Truck drivers are also needed by road construction companies in the forest, particularly to transport the stone needed to construct the roads and landing areas. Additionally, professional drivers are necessary for the transportation of forestry equipment.
Truck drivers must complete the NZTA driving license pathway, first acquiring a learner license, then accumulating experience, and eventually obtaining a full license in the appropriate class for the kind and weight of the vehicle they will be driving, even though no academic qualifications are necessary. For the majority of forestry-related work, a Class 5 license is required. Large loads and trucking on forest roads need a lot of work and attention to detail. Drivers must be trustworthy, as well as safe and courteous on the road, and it will help if they have some mechanical expertise. Long days and early mornings may be necessary for the job.
You might be able to secure a position as a trainee with a major trucking firm that offers a comprehensive driver-training course. One of the available certifications is the NZQA Level 3 certificate in Log Transportation by Road. fourth-level certificates in specialist fields. We received four levels of accreditation through the Pathway to Success program of the Land Transport Safety Council. The trucking industry’s training organization is called MITO.
You can read more about their training programs for log-truck drivers here. The Forestry Training Stocktake resource has a list of other log-truck training courses. Salary drivers have the option of buying their own trucks and starting their own hauling businesses. For big trucking companies, mechanical engineers can also work in fleet management and logistics.
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