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Logging machinery operators operate cable yarding systems, mechanical harvesters and forwarders and mechanical tree processors and loaders to fell, yard and process trees at logging sites. They are employed by logging companies and contractors.
chipping machine operator, delimber operator, feller buncher operator, feller forwarder operator, grapple operator – logging, linehorse operator, loader operator – logging, log processor operator, rigging slinger, shortwood harvester operator, slasher operator – logging, steel spar operator, treelength forwarder operator, yarder operator.
- Cable yarding system operators operate machines to transport trees from logging areas to landing or log loading sites in mountainous terrain in western Canada.
- Mechanical harvester and forwarder operators assess site and terrain and drive heavy equipment to perform a combination of felling, slashing, bucking, bunching and forwarding operations at logging areas.
- Mechanical tree processor and loader operators operate a variety of machines which perform a combination of slashing, bucking, chipping, sorting and loading logs or trees at landing sites.
Outlook & Prospects for Logging Machinery Operators in Notre Dame-Central-Bonavista Bay Region
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National Outlook ¿ 10-Year Projection (2011-2020)
This section provides labour demand and labour supply projections for this occupation over the 2011-2020 period.
Note: The tables, graphs and middle paragraph shown under this section display updated 2011-2020 projection results. The remaining narrative text (2009-2018 projections) will be updated shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The data in the following table are derived from HRSDC¿s Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS). COPS uses a variety of models to produce a detailed 10-year labour market projection per broad skill level and per occupation at the national level, which focuses on the trends of labour supply and labour demand over the next ten years.
This occupation (Logging Machinery Operators) is part of a larger occupational group called Logging Machinery Operators (NOC 824).
|Occupations in this group||
Logging Machinery Operators (8241)
|Employment (non-student) in 2010||8,205|
|Median Age of workers in 2010||43|
|Average Retirement Age in 2010||60|
Occupation Projection for Canada
Over the 2008-2010 period, this occupation experienced one of the largest decreases in employment of all occupations. Its unemployment rate decreased slightly to 19.8% in 2010, but still remained much higher than the average for all occupations (7.6%). Key labour market indicators suggest a significant labour surplus in this occupation. In other words, the number of job seekers clearly exceeded the number of job openings.
Over the 2011-2020 period, an occupation will be in excess demand (a shortage of workers) if the projected number of job openings is significantly greater than the projected number of job seekers. An occupation will be in excess supply (a surplus of workers) if the projected number of job openings is smaller than the projected number of job seekers. For Logging Machinery Operators, over the 2011-2020 period, job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 2,948 and 1,762 job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill the job openings.
Given the labour surplus in this occupation over the 2008-2010 period, projections suggest that the number of job seekers in this occupation will be sufficient to fill the job openings over the 2011-2020 period. Job openings in this occupation will result mainly from replacement demand since employment growth will be weak over the projection period. Expansion demand will nevertheless be greater than it was over the 2001-2010 period. Employment declined during this period because of difficulties encountered by the forestry and forest operations sectors such as the pine beetle infestation in British Columbia and the lumber dispute with the United States. This sector is also facing a decrease in demand for lumber products and a decrease in global demand for newspapers and magazines resulting from the increased use of new technologies such as the Internet. The number of job seekers will also decrease given the poor labour market conditions in recent years, which caused the occupation to become less attractive to both school leavers and immigrants.
This Chart contains data for Projection of Job Openings vs. Job Seekers for Canada. Information is available in the following tables.
|Other Replacement Demand||312||11%|
|Projected Job Openings||2,948||100%|
|Projected Job Seekers||1,762||100%|
In which industry or sector do people in this occupation find jobs in Canada?
This table shows the industry and sectors employing the highest number of people in this occupation.
|Industry / Sector||%|
|Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting||85.50|
What percentage of people in this occupation are members of a union?
The data from the Labour Force Survey (2012) regarding the percentage of people in this occupation who are part of a union are not sufficiently reliable to be published.
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