This unit describes the outcomes required to trim and cut felled trees with a chainsaw and to complete operator maintenance. It applies to situations where the production of timber is not the primary focus of the activity.  The unit applies to a forestry worker, chainsaw operator, forest harvester, harvesting technician and arboriculture worker.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - safely and efficiently use a chainsaw to complete these activities: trim and cut hardwood or softwood trees; delimb trees; trim branches; trim burls and other small growths; - use these cutting techniques: bridging cuts; swinging cuts; side bind cuts; boring; wedge cut; ripping cuts; - trim and cut trees in these environmental conditions: dry weather condition; wet weather condition; low and moderate wind speeds, and; - complete maintenance on a chainsaw.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - environmental protection measures; - key features of these varying environmental conditions and effects on tree cutting and trimming; - typical tree defects and how they affect tree cutting; - typical tree stresses and how they affect tree cutting; - range of chainsaw cutting techniques; - cutting patterns used to optimise time and recovery of product from trees; - cutting sequences used to maintain control of cut sections and minimise cutting problems; - purpose, features, operation and basic non-specialist repair and maintenance: of chainsaws; - methods for assessing chain condition, and; - organisational procedures specific to tree trimming and cutting activities.

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