(Sept. 2, 2014 – Nov. 21, 2014)


The professional logging operator training school is a first of its kind program in Texas. The program will target preparation to work in the number 1 manufacturing industry in East Texas counties which is timber harvesting. The program will offer certification as a Pro Logger through the Texas Forestry Association and First Aid/CPR through the American Heart Association.

The program of (287 hours) will consist of both classroom study 6PM-9PM and outdoor study 7AM-4PM offered at the Nacogdoches Martin Center of Angelina College (302 Hughes St.). The program will give the core competencies necessary to work for a logging contractor to efficiently maintain and operate all equipment used in a logging operation. Students will learn to drive heavy equipment including a skidder, loader, and feller buncher and fully participate in all aspects of timber harvesting. Students will be introduced during class to area logging contractors who will speak about jobs available and will have the assistance of Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas to prepare job applications and interviews.

Drug testing will be required for entry into class and will be conducted also at random during the classroom and outdoor portions of the program. Financial assistance will be available through Workforce Solutions (WIA) and the financial aid office of Angelina College (TPEG).

Persons interested in this training will need to call 936-633-5206 for information and registration. The first class will have 14 seats available offered on a first come first served basis. The cost of the program per student will be $3,900.00 plus $120 for drug testing. Two information sessions for the general public will be held 6-7pm on Monday July 14 and Thursday July 31 at the Nacogdoches Martin Center.

Professional Logging Operator Training School Curriculum (320 hours)

Intro to Timber Industry, Tree ID, SFI 6 hours Field Safety in the Field/Visit Logging Sites 24 hours
OSHA 10 hour* 10 hours Equipment Servicing/Demo 9hours
Safety/First Aid/CPR 8 hours Equipment Operation-Skidder 16 hours
Harvesting Product Specs Systems/Teamwork/Work Ethics 12 hours Equipment Operation-Loader 16 hours
Best Management Practices* 6 hours Equipment Operation – Feller Buncher 16 hours
Erosion Control* 3 hours Equipment Operation – Skidder 40 hours
Forest Aesthetics* 3 hours Equipment Operation – Loader 40 hours
Personal Finance/Business Mgmt* Insurance/ Workers Comp 4 hours Equipment Operation – Feller Buncher 40 hours


Equipment Maintenance

6 hours
Field Safety 3 hours
Powerlines/Pipelines/Rail Safety 3 hours
Fire Suppression with Dry Chem/Water 3 hours
Map Reading/GPS/Boundary Lines 6 hours
EXAM 2 hours