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Forest Engineer

Overview: Forest engineers layout and direct the construction of road and rail systems and equipment for the removal of logs from timberlands. Their plans must meet needs for moving cut logs to storage and sawing mills. They also design plans for logging crew camps.
Duties: They design and map out plans for construction of logging facilities and camps in timberlands. Direct construction of road and rail systems.

Specify special equipment needed to cut trees, transporting them to the saw mill and cutting machines needed in the saw mill.

Decide, based on the species of trees being cut, upon the kinds of cutting, treatment and storage needed to assure quality of the wood.

They specify tree cutting patterns throughout the designated timberland to assure regrowth and avoid soil erosion. Decide what seedling trees are needed to replant in cut areas.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment of forest engineers is expected to grow as fast as average throuhg 2018. Demand for forest workers will increase as more land is set aside to protect natural resources or wildlife habitats. In addition, more jobs may be created by recent Federal legislation designed to prevent destructive wildfires by thinning the forests and by setting controlled burns in dry regions susceptible to forest fires.
Salary Range (National Average): $38,000 to $45,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree in forestry and civil engineering is the usual educational requirement for a professional career in forest engineering. Courses in environmental engineering and computer-aided design are essential. Many states have mandatory licensing for forestry engineers.
Advancement Info: Forest engineers can advance to supervisory roles, begin work as a forester, or work within civilian or environmental engineering. Some may choose to become researchers, or forestry scientists, assessing the data gathered by forest technologists and technicians. With additional experience, forester engineers may move into management and administrative positions, or move into related fields such as land use planning, reclamation work, vegetation control, surveying or working in state or national parks.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • The ability to make appropriate use of equipment and materials to get a job done.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
Recommended Values:
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having a job where you can spend a significant amount of time outside.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information please click here.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.