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Career In Forestry?
« on: January 30, 2007, 08:57:31 PM »
Well, I've been around Trucking and Forestry all my life, we mostly float the equipment and haul chips. When I was younger I went with my father all the time and when we moved the equipment he gave me the keys and told me to load them on the float, I was around 11-12 when He taught me the basic operations (I learned on a excavator) I fell in love immediately and i knew then i wanted to do something with forestry. I lost my dad in 2003, I was 15 at the time, we still run our business, but since then I have lost touch with the industry. I'm now 18 and currently enrolled in College taking Diesel Mechanics, but when I complete the course I'm looking to get a job operating equipment. I would just be wondering about some suggestions, and what job to apply for (ie: Skidder, Forwarder, or Buncher) Any suggestions would be appreciated..

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Re: Career In Forestry?
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2007, 09:08:44 PM »
From what I've seen, the money is in diesel mechanics! Went through the Louisiana CAT dealership a few weeks ago and they were paying a bounty to anyone who could bring one in. They only had half of the mechanics they needed. I'm betting they get paid a whole lot more that the operators.

Maybe you could work a deal where you get to run the machines when you're done fixing them, but then again, you may never get caught up.
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2007, 09:27:48 PM »
 hi jared,
              where r u from??  i am a union equipment operator by trade, ( and a very active part time logger ) i been doing that for the last 16 years ( both ) it has done me well i suggest a carrer in heavy equipment operation 100%
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2007, 09:39:02 PM »
Sussex New Brunswick.

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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2007, 09:52:12 PM »
 if you want some more info on equipment operating, go to the operating engineer website and email them and inquier about the apprenticeship program in your aera, they will teach and pay you as you learn check that site out...Brandon
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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2007, 09:53:04 PM »
Where's this website??

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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2007, 09:22:54 AM »
HI Jared,

Maybe you can send Scott an IM, he's a member of the forum from Saint John with similar interests as yourself. Maybe you can exchange phone numbers for a conversation. I don't think he is much older than yourself. 20 I think.

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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2007, 04:58:53 PM »
ok, thanks

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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2007, 06:53:25 PM »
jared
          go to www.iuoe.org and go to ( or click on ) training and apprenticeship check it out it mite intrest you......Brandon
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« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2007, 09:54:44 PM »

In my area after a few years on the job a good diesel mechanic will make twice as much as an equipment operator.  Worse working conditions though since you're inside all day.  ;D  Depends on what you want to do in a career.
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« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2007, 10:13:34 PM »
Up here they are most often one in the same, and good wages yes.
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« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2007, 08:46:04 AM »
CTD,

As someone who just made a significant career change at age 49,  my advice would be:

1) Finish your schooling.  Once you have the training and certifications, you can always fall back on them.

2) Then follow your heart. Money is important,  but it ain't everything....  Nothing worse than being really good at a job you really don't like, or, waking up one day with a bad case of the "Could have, Would have, Should have's".

I'll try to be up front without being preachy. As a Christian, I put a lot of prayer into #2 last year before making the career change. Seeking God's plan for your life is always a good idea.

Warren
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