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Timber Harvesting

Forestry Management Technology - Timber Harvesting Path - Associate in Applied Science Degree

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Timber Harvesting

The only associate degree program of its kind in South Carolina, the Forestry Management Technology, Timber Harvesting Emphasis program provides students with the knowledge and ability to work as middle-management professionals, qualified to work with a logger, timber buyer, or graduate professional forester in the timber-buying field.  Students have the opportunity to become certified in the following areas:  TOP Logger, South Carolina Commercial Pesticide License, First Aid and CPR.  The Forestry Management Technology program is approved for Cooperative Work Experience.

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For more information, contact:
Jim Westerhold  - (843) 520-1401

Career Outlook

A timber harvesting or forest technician (logging supervisor) has the technical knowledge and ability to supervise timber sales and logging operations, survey land, inventory timber volumes, manage sawmill operations, and sell wood products. Graduates of the Forestry Management Technology program are qualified for entry-level positions with pulp and timber companies, logging operations, timber brokers or buyers, and other industries where the skills of surveying, timber cruising, heavy equipment operation, map drawing, and forest management are needed.

Students have the opportunity to become certified in the following areas: TOP Logger, South Carolina Commercial Pesticide License, First Aid and CPR.

Employers of HGTC Alumni Include:

  • Kapstone
  • International Paper Company
  • Canal Wood Corporation
  • Canfor-New South, Inc.
  • American Forest Management
  • Collum Lumber Company
  • Georgia-Pacific Corporation
  • Weyerhauser Corporation
  • Low Country Forest Products
  • WestRock

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry-Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

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Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall    
ENG 155 Communications I* 3
FOR 102 Multiple Use of Forest Lands 3
FOR 105 Equipment Basics and Safety 3
FOR 130 Dendrology 3
FOR 154 Mensuration 3
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3
  TOTAL 18
Second Semester - Spring    
FOR 106 Computer Applications in Natural Resource Professions 3
ENG 160 Technical Communications* 3
FOR 121 Woodland Safety and First Aid 1
FOR 156 Timber Cruising and Marking 4
IDS 105 Career Assessment Exploration 1
IMT 160 Preventive Maintenance 3
MAT 101 Beginning Algebra 3
  TOTAL 18
Third Semester - Summer    
FOR 220 SCWE in Forestry 5
FOR 222 Forestry Portfolio 3
Fourth Semester - Fall    
FOR 180 Industry and Government Standards 3
FOR 230 Forest Products 2
FOR 257 Forest Ecology 2
FOR 265 Equipment and Timber Harvesting 4
FOR 271 Silviculture 4
PSY 103 Human Relations* 3
  TOTAL 18
Fifth Semester - Spring    
FOR 140 Timber Harvesting Operations 3
FOR 240 Mapping and Photo Interpretation 3
FOR 263 Forest Management 4
FOR 268 Forest Protection Practices 4
PHI 103 Workplace Ethics* 3
  TOTAL 17



*Students continuing toward a bachelors degree: ENG 101, ENG 102, and SPC 205 are recommended in place of ENG 155 and ENG 160; MAT 110 is recommended in place of MAT 101; and PSY 201 in place of PSY 103. Consult your academic advisor.