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Class Code: 526E
Category: Science & Engineering


Under close supervision, performs entry‑level forest engineering work in office or field, designing forest transportation and harvesting systems and administering construction/maintenance contracts.

Typical Work

Prepares preliminary designs and finished working drawings and specifications for access roads, bridges, culverts, forest look‑out towers, log‑scaling ramps, buildings and other structures, as assigned; normally does not originate designs; work is professionally reviewed and approved; 

Prepares and draws various maps from field data, aerial photos and other information; 

Computes quantities for construction; prepares specifications and invitations to bid; 

In field, locates roads, bridges, drainage structures, grades, property lines and corners, and building sites, making note for office workup; 

Inspects contract construction for conformance to specifications; 

Makes preliminary reconnaissance in location of access roads, camps, and look‑out towers; 

Prepares computer aided road design, calculations, and plan/profile drawings, including some field checks and slopestaking; uses the computer to plot timber sale unit boundaries and road traverses, map and plat property surveys, analyze yarding payloads from field profiles or from topographic maps; 

From field notes, prepares road costs for timber sale appraisal; 

Prepares the road construction requirements for timber sale or capital outlay contracts; 

Develops logging plans for special projects; 

Provides economic evaluations for harvesting alternatives; 

Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  forest engineering principles, practices and techniques; surveying procedures and instruments; drafting; geometry, calculus and engineering formulas; logging methods; timber species and values. 

Ability to: understand and solve engineering problems; make computations of quantities, stresses and water run‑off; draft maps and working drawings; operate theodolite, transit and level; traverse property lines to fourth or fifth order of accuracy; determine sub‑grades and finished elevations of building sites, roads and bridges; work as member of forest fire control force as necessary.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree in Forest Engineering.


A Bachelor's degree involving major study in Forestry or Civil Engineering and/or E.I.T. registration, plus, subsequent to graduation or registration, one year of engineering experience in harvest system design, forest transportation system design, or forest road construction/maintenance contract administration. 


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class Effective May 9, 1986
New class code: (formerly 60340) effective July 1, 2007