Forestry Equipment Operator

NOC – 8241

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Program Description

If you are interested in working in the forestry industry, this is the program for you!

SIIT’s Forestry Equipment Operator program provides training in the safe operation of mechanized forestry equipment, routine maintenance of machinery, and skill development in the basic operations of processing, bunching, delimbing, skidding, and other forestry equipment operations. This program concentrates on hands-on skills development with the majority of the program being spent in the field and on the machines.

Should you have any questions about this program, please reach out to the Admissions Team at or call 306-477-9325.


Admission Requirements

  • Completion of Grade 10 is preferred
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s license

Industry Requirements

  • Good eyesight, hearing, manual dexterity, and hand-eye coordination
  • Must be physically fit

Acceptance Policy

Strong preference is given to applicants who are Status First Nations, but SIIT programs are open to anyone.

English Language Benchmark

SIIT is not currently legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian/ Permanent Resident to apply.

To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).


  • FEOT 102 – Safety Training 30
  • FEOO 112 – Operator Fundamentals 30
  • FEOS 192 – Skidder Operation 120
  • FEOP 222 – Processor Operation 120

Tuition and Fees

There is no cost to attend this program. A training allowance will be provided to successful applicants.

What to Expect

Program Delivery

This program is ten (10) weeks in length.

Attendance Policy

An attendance rate of 90% or more is required to graduate from this program.

Graduation Document

Students who successfully complete the Forestry Equipment Operator program will earn an Applied Certificate from SIIT. Students must pass all courses in the program to graduate.


A pass/fail grading system will be used in evaluating the skills learned. Skills developed during the training will be evaluated using a performance checklist.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program can expect to find employment in a variety of operations that use mechanized forestry equipment. Sectors that use this type of equipment include forestry harvesting operations, road building and in the oil and gas industry.

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