YOUR CAREER AS A
CROSS CUTTER/LOG MAKER
Cross-cutters and log makers work on the forestry skid or landing site. Using chainsaws, their role is to work on harvested stems, assessing them and cutting them to meet different market specifications. Log makers can become highly skilled and a key part of the production team.
Level 2 on entry: Level 3/4 available
Absence from home
Varies with employer
Cross cutting is often an entry-level role (requiring basic chainsaw training e.g. Level 2) and is a good place to learn basic chainsaw skills plus much of the safety knowledge forestry workers need. Experienced log makers can become highly skilled at evaluating stems and ensuring maximum out-turn. Working on the skid is physically demanding.
Early morning starts and sometimes long travel distances are the norm. Workers must be fit and healthy, good decision makers, and enjoy working in the bush as part of a team.
People who start work as cross-cutters and then move into log making can, with training, progress to many other roles, including tree falling and machine operation. They can also work their way up to become crew foremen and own and manage their own crews eventually.