2929 16th Avenue North
Escanaba, MI 49829
Office: 906-789-3123
Toll Free: 800-377-5567
Email: admissions@ncheschool.com

Log Truck Forestry Program

40 Hour Log Truck Forestry Program  

The Log Truck Forestry Program is designed for people wanting to enter the logging industry as an entry level professional logger. The program is primarily hands on teaching individuals on the Serco 8500 (industry standard loader) how to load, unload, and chain down a load properly. The course teaches individuals industry specific knowledge such as how to shift an 18 speed non- synchronized manual transmission, understanding lift axles, power takeoff (PTO), chainsaw safety , and much more! 

Course Highlights:

  • Loader Training: Master the operation of log loaders, an indispensable skill in the forestry sector. Our loaders are all Serco 8500 (Industry Standard).
  • Loading and Unloading Truck and Pup Trailer: Learn efficient techniques for safe and effective loading and unloading procedures as well as proper load securement. 
  • Axle Management: Understand the intricacies of lift axles, steer axles, pusher axles, and gain insights into weight limits and axle limits.
  • 18 Speed Training: Hone your driving skills with comprehensive training on 18-speed transmissions, essential for navigating varied terrains.
  • Maneuvering and Dropping/Hooking: Perfect the art of maneuvering log trucks and efficiently dropping and hooking trailers.
  • Wood Sorts and Forestry Operations: Acquire hands-on experience in wood sorting and gain a deep understanding of forestry operations.
  • Class A CDL Recommended- CDL is not required but is recommended or students will only learn the loader training. 

North Country Heavy Equipment School
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The school instructed by Don, Emil, and the occasional Dennis was exactly what I wanted and needed. The scaled instruction and problems given to build skills and confidence in the equipment were both enjoyable and appropriately scoped. The school was very accommodating when needing extra instruction or time. I left a much more confident operator and was even successful at clearing my own property, putting in a driveway, septic, and clearing a building site purely from the skills and lessons learned in this program. It’s difficult to truly express how accommodating and supportive the school is to students voiced concerns and needs which was the most impressive part for me.
Excellent school would recommend to first time users
The heavy equipment operator course is a good course. You spend the majority of class time in the seat of various pieces of heavy machinery. The instructors and support staff are very helpful. You are given plenty of time to practice on each piece of equipment before completing the practical exercises. I would strongly recommend NCHES if you are considering becoming a heavy equipment operator.
An absolute blast! Helpful and entertaining instructors, that make sure you understand the know’s and the why's for every piece of machinery.
Wonderful place to learn lots of educational stuff great class atmosphere!!!
Attended one week Grader class. Great class, great instructors. Hopefully be back for other training. Highly recommend.
Just finished up my class at North Country Heavy Equipment School. The staff and instructors are top notch! Great course and great environment. Thank you all!!
Excellent instructors, and a Great place to learn how to operate heavy equipment! Very pleased with this company, and the help!
Response from the owner: Thank you for your kind words, Angela! Happy to have you with us! 🙂
This school is hands down the best. The instructors love their job and are definitely happy to teach. They are also understanding. They get you ready for real life on the job training. I struggle learning new things on paper especially. Don and Dennis do everything they can to make sure I understand. It also helps they expect mistakes at first because you're new to the equipment but they also teach you how to correct your mistakes. If your looking to get your the best experience out of you certification training.This is the place to go. YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!
Response from the owner: We appreciate your feedback Codey! We get it, life gets hard but we're here for our students every step of the way.
The teachers are great and very helpful. The school provides great training.
Response from the owner: Jake, thanks for leaving a five star review! We are happy to be able to provide year-round training in our indoor facility, even in Michigan's January winter weather!
The teachers are great and very helpful. The school provides great training.
Response from the owner: Thank you!
Wow, what a great experience! I learned more than I was anticipating and I'm looking forward to using this knowledge in the field. The instructors were awesome to work with. We had a good time on an off site project as well. I'm thankful for the opportunity and want to thank North Country Heavy Equipment School.
Response from the owner: Michael, you were a pleasure to have in class! Thank you for spending the last month with us, we enjoyed it as much as you!
I am so glad that I made the decision to attend this school. It has been a great experience and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to get into heavy equipment. The instructors are very knowledgeable and great people.
Response from the owner: Thank you Ethan! We are glad that you made the decision to attend Heavy Equipment Operator Training with us as well! Wishing you the best!
I’m currently enrolled at North Country Heavy Equipment school located in Escanaba. This has been a life changing opportunity that will create many career paths for me. My favorite piece of equipment is the excavator. Thank you for giving me this opportunity and providing a lot of memories; from learning a new trade to making friends with similar interests.
Response from the owner: We love to see our students make connections and friendships that carry on after graduation! Thank you for the five star review Nate, it has been a pleasure working with you!
Very helpful instructors.
Response from the owner: Thank you Josh, we're lucky to have our instructors. 🙂
Great place. Awesome instructors!
Response from the owner: Thanks! Having students willing to work hard and dedicate their time means our instructors do the same!
Great instructors and environment. Lots of time with each piece of equipment. All around great experience, would recommend.
Response from the owner: Thank you David! Hands-on training is a huge priority at the school and we're glad you had a great experience! Thank you for choosing North Country Heavy Equipment School and good luck in all of your future endeavors!
Very hands on and fun class to attend
Response from the owner: Hands-on training is a huge priority at the school & we have fun doing it! Thank you for choosing North Country Heavy Equipment School!
Excellent school! The staff and instructors are very professional and knowledgeable, highly recommend this school if you're thinking of starting a career as an operator.
Response from the owner: Stephen, thank you for the kind words & great review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your time as a student with us & we thank you for choosing North Country Heavy Equipment School!
Loved this school, the instructors are very knowledgeable on what they teach and very understanding of the students different experience levels.
Response from the owner: Madisen, thank you for the great review and congratulations on achieving your heavy equipment certifications!
Great school, lovely instructors, very supportive. Thank you
Response from the owner: Thank YOU Hunter! Please let us know if you ever need anything!
Im about to graduate this program, and it has been a great experience. Everyone is amazing, friendly instructors and office staff. The instructors are the best, if you are think about taking this course I highly recommend this school.
Response from the owner: Thank you for the great review! We are happy to have been a part of your heavy equipment education and wish you the best of luck in your future!
Knowledgeable instructors and staff that designed training for real world applications. Students get plenty of seat time on each piece of equipment ensuring confidence in their abilities. Instructors observe operations without looking over your shoulder allowing the students the time they need to learn controls without being rushed. Military friendly training. A++ training.
Response from the owner: Wesley, we are grateful for your thoughtful review of our program and we are happy that you enjoyed your time as a student with us!
Great instructors, I've learned a lot in just a span of 4 weeks. 100 out of 10 would definitely recommend
Response from the owner: We enjoyed being a part of your heavy equipment education! Thank you for the fantastic review!
great instructors very knowledgeable. met a lot of good people and learned a lot.
Response from the owner: Thanks Brandon, its great to know you enjoyed the Heavy Equipment Operator program and we wish you the best of luck!
The instructors are all great and friendly. My time at north country Heavy equipment school was amazing and all the people are really great. I highly recommend this school for anyone trying to learn how to run heavy equipment
Response from the owner: What a great student you have been Daniel, we thank you for giving it 100% in the heavy equipment operations training program and always coming in with a great attitude always smiling! Best of luck in this great industry and your heavy equipment operator certification, we are always here if you need anything!
The instructors are all super friendly and helpful. They give you plenty of time to work with each machine. If you want to learn to run equipment this is the place to go great work.
Response from the owner: We are happy to know that you enjoyed your time in our program! Good luck in all of your future heavy equipment endeavors!
I had a great experience while learning at North Country Heavy Equipment School. The instructors were very knowledgeable, helpful, and reasonable. The team of instructors were full of helpful tips and always made me feel like a friend to them. Overall, North Country Heavy Equipment School is a great place and was very good to me. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to get into the Heavy Equipment trade.
Response from the owner: Thank you for the great review Danil! You have been an excellent student and we wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors!
the best instructors super positive vibes lots to learn and lots to learn on everything g you need to know plus everything you want to know perfect 20/10 highly recommend
Response from the owner: We appreciate your great review! Thank you for choosing North Country Heavy Equipment School!
I would recommend anyone interested in or already working within the industry to join this class. The instructors are excellent and full of knowledge. They operate with great integrity so if something is unknown they find the answers which is vital when teaching safety! Loved it!
Response from the owner: Jack,Thank you for the 5 star review! We're happy to have been a part of your heavy equipment education and we can't wait to have you back for the trucking side to get you your CDL too!
Good place to be at and learn how to run equipment good atmosphere if you don’t break anything. Will be talking about how great this school is.
Response from the owner: We appreciate the positive word of mouth, Skyler!
Im on my fourth week of class and went into this class not knowing what to expect, but i can tell you it was worth it !!, This place is amazing, the instructors are so nice, and extremely knowledgeable!!!! I would recommend for anyone who knows what they want as a career, or someone who’s just looking at options !!!!
Response from the owner: Katelyn,You were a pleasure to have in class! Thank you for the kind words and good luck in your future endeavors!
The instructors and administrative staff are very nice and approachable. I can confidently say this was the best decision I’ve made for my education. It’s sad to have to leave such an amazing crew and say goodbye to these wonderful instructors. One of the best decisions you can make!
Response from the owner: Congratulations on completion of the course and certifications Dylan! We're sad to see you go as well but happy to have been a part of your heavy equipment education! Good luck in your future endeavors!
Knowledgeable instructors and great environment to learn in! Definitely will be back for the CDL course!
Response from the owner: Ryan,That's great news! Thank you for the great review and letting us be a part of your heavy equipment and trucking education!
Had a great time operating the equipment and the instructors are really nice and great people to share the memories made hereIf you have this place in mind definitely go for it
Response from the owner: Thank you for the kind words and great review Ethan!
Most fun I've ever had with my pants on
Response from the owner: Nick, we're dying from laughter over here! Ha! Glad you enjoyed it!
Came here from Hawaii and was stoked on the experience gained! The instructors were friendly and a wealth of knowledge. 10/10 would recommend!
Response from the owner: Ezra,We're happy to hear that your experience was worth the travel! Thank you for choosing North Country Heavy Equipment School!
Had a great experience getting my heavy equipment license here, instructors are extremely friendly and helping and just an all around great program.
Response from the owner: Thank you for the kind words Taj!
I had a great experience I have learned a lot and I am very thankful for the time and teaching of all the Equipment. I recommend this school.
Response from the owner: Vanny,You were a joy to have in class! Thank you for the recommendation and 5 star review!
Theses guys make school fun. i enjoy my time learning with them. It is hard to find people you actually a will to teach you even know your are just starting out. It was a really great experience and the instructors make sure you understand everything I learned a lot. I have not a bad thing to say about this school if you are looking to have fun and learn about equipment this is the school I give a lot of credit to this school
Response from the owner: We're very grateful for our instructors! Thank you for your feedback Milek!
The best learning experience I could've ever asked for! The instructors treat you like family one moment, and then treat you like you're in the working field to get you ready for work environment. This is the perfect school for all the training necessary to start your new career. Thank you North Country Heavy Equipment School!
Very knowledgeable instructors they make the class fun as well as informative definitely worth your time
Just wish the course was longer than a month. Instructors are very experienced knowledgeable, and patient. Had a blast!
If you ever thinking about going to a heavy equipment school , this is the best one. This is the best school in the US. The staff is great , the instructors are phenomenal. Don and emil are the best instructors you ever have. They go all out and beyond to help you. I highly recommend this school . Love this place
Response from the owner: Thank you for the kind words Jason! We're happy to have been a part of your heavy equipment education!
Awesome place
If you’re looking to get into operating this is the place to go. They teach you everything you need to know on the job.
Couple more days left and by far the best decision I made coming to North Country. I’d stay longer if I could, the instructors Don and Emil are a great help and will do anything to have you doing the right things. Everyone here is nice and respectful, welcoming us all in. Learned a lot and will be walking away with a lot of knowledge. 10/10 Recommend if you are seeking more information out of this trade.
Response from the owner: Derick,We're happy to hear about your great experience with us! Thank you for the 5 star review and good luck in your future endeavors!
I would recommend north country heavy equipment school to anyone it is a lot of fun great instructors and you will learn a lot about heavy equipment if your looking for your heavy equipment training and certification north country heavy equipment is the place to go!
The instructors and administrative staff are very nice and approachable. They make me feel at ease. The instructors even sugessted a few fabulous parks for me to visit here in the U.P. The instructors are experienced and knowledgeable. I'd say 90% of the class is hands-on equipments training and work sites simulation, which I like. The one improvement that I think the school would benefit from is having a more updated fleet of machinery to train on. Some of the equipments like the dozer, excavator, grader, loader and dump trucks are quite old. Maybe 20+ yrs old equipments. It has seen better days. I don't expect the school to have all the latest and greatest models for us but perhaps a bit more updated.A side from that, I still learned a great deal from the class and of course had fun as well. I would definitely recommend this school to whoever is interested in entering into the construction field or prehaps just wanted to play with these big boys/girls toys. I'm glad I picked this school.
Response from the owner: Thank you for the 5 star review Jordan! We're happy to hear you had a great experience!
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The Log Truck Forestry Program is one week long or 40 hours. This class runs from M-F 8-4:30. We offer these classes once a month.

Yes absolutely! We have students every month come through that dont have there CDL’s and learn the loading and unloading and everything else other that the driving. Then once they get done they get there CDL at Midwest Truck Driving School and then finish up there driving portion of the training once they have there CDL’s. 

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