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The quality controller ('QC') role is to work on the skid or landing site, checking logs that have been cut meet the various specifications required by the market, and marking logs ready for loading or storage. The role involves working alongside either manual or mechanised log makers and is a busy and active job.
None at entry; Level 2/3 available
Absence from home
Varies with employer
This is often the main entry-level role in mechanised harvesting operations. It is a good place to learn the basics of mechanised harvesting plus much of the safety knowledge forestry workers need. Working on the skid is physically demanding. It usually means early morning starts and sometimes long travel distances. Workers must be fit and healthy, have good attention to detail, and enjoy working in the outdoors as part of a team.
People who start work in quality control 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.
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