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Vehicle Technology and Transport

105 Forestry Machinery

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Image: Skills Finland / Harri Toikkanen

Competition Coordinators

 Mikko Pulkkinen
  South Savo Vocational College
  tel. +358 (0)44 711 5699




  Jari Taavitsainen
  South Savo Vocational College
  tel. +358 (0)44 711 5647




Arttu Jämsen /Savo Vocational College
Mika Kortetjärvi /Oulu Vocational College
Janne Hulkkonen / Oulu Vocational College
Kalle Taivalantti / South Savo Vocational College
Jesse Virtanen / Länsirannikonkoulutus Oy WinNova
Niko Ruohomaa / Länsirannikonkoulutus Oy WinNova
Osmo Salonpää / Keski-Pohjanmaan ammattiopisto and Tampere Vocational College
Henri Suhonen / North Karelia College

Guest Competitors

Jüri Schneeberg / Luua Forestry School / Estonia

Overview of the competition

Tasks in the Forestry Machinery competition are based on Level 3 (excellent) requirements of Vocational Qualification in Forestry. The tasks involve jobs using forestry machinery which are assessed in terms of the competitor's overall command of theory and practical skills.

Assessment areas include: the operation of forestry machinery, job planning, quality management, workload management, occupational health and safety, organisation, environmental considerations, a systematic approach, and cooperation skills. The machines, equipment and accessories used in the competition will be described in detail before the competition. The tasks form a modular structure, which means that they can be assessed separately on a daily basis.

Competition type

The competition is done individually.

Competence requirements

Tasks in the Forestry Machinery competition are based on Level 3 (excellent) requirements of the following components of Vocational Qualification in Forestry:

  • forest management and timber harvesting
  • lorry and forest machine maintenance
  • mechanised timber production
  • forest haulage of timber
  • ability to plan and implement mechanised timber harvesting and forest haulage of timber as part of the timber supply logistics chain.
  • ability to identify, measure and determine timber grade at the worksite
  • ability to take into account the requirements of good forest and environmental management practices
  • maintenance of forestry machinery, accessories and equipment in working order and fully serviced, the fitting of accessories
  • compliance with legislation and guidelines related to occupational health and safety in the forestry and forestry machinery industries
  • ability to calculate labour costs

Finalists' tasks

Competition tasks

Task A Planning task
Task B Simulator task, thinning
Task C Written task; theory questions
Task D Forestry skills track; carried out in forest terrain in the local area
Task E Forwarder task; using a real-life machine
Task F Technical task; using a real-life machine

Example tasks

Assessment structure

The total maximum score is 100 p.

Assessment is carried out separately for each task, with 5-35 points awarded per task depending on its scope. Each task is assessed independently.

A Job planning 45min 5 p
B Thinning; simulator 60 min 20 p
C Theory; multiple choice questions 120 min 10 p
D Forestry skills; skills track 120 min 15 p
E Local transport; real-life machine 120 min 35 p
F Technical; real-life machine 45-90 min 15 p

Description of the assessment procedure

The competition is assessed both objectively and subjectively.

Assessment components and main assessment criteria

Tasks A and B

Assessment is based on the scoring system of the simulator software, which is determined on the basis of the following:

  • hourly output
  • work technique
  • output quality
  • sustainable development
  • economy

Theoretical knowledge of mechanised harvesting (Task C), assessed based on basic knowledge about:

  • growth forest management (Tapio Forestry Information Files)
  • harvester measurement values
  • forestry machinery engineering.

 The forestry skills track (Task D) is assessed using the scoring system of the national forestry skills competition of Finnish forest owners, which is based on

  •  Tapio recommendations on good forest management
  • the rules of the national forestry skills competition of Finnish forest owners.

 The forwarder task (Task E) is assessed based on

  •  the driving time
  • loader technique
  • the quality of the timber formation
  • driving technique and fuel economy
  • sustainable development

 The technical task (Task F) is assessed based on

  •  occupational health and safety
  • sustainable development
  • daily maintenance.

Materials and equipment used in the competition; work stages and the competition site

The forwarders are supplied by John Deere. The timber material is supplied by Stora Enso. Fuel, tools, peat oil absorbent, two-way radios, point sampling devices, terrain data etc. are provided by the organisers. The simulator is supplied by John Deere or the organisers. The machinery and equipment for the technical task are supplied by John Deere.

Items the competitors must bring themselves

Each competitor must bring safety footwear and overalls.

Taitaja2014 competition schedule

Monday 7 April 2014

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Accreditation and a tour of the competition site
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Inspection by officials
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Skills Finland ry inspects the competition site
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Opening ceremony
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Judge training and competitors' briefing at competition sites

Tuesday 8 April 2014

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Competition task 1
11:00 AM – 12 noon Lunch
12 noon – 17:00 PM Competition tasks at all competition sites

Wednesday 9 April 2014

8:30 AM – 11:00 AM Competition tasks at all competition sites                             
11:00 AM – 12 noon Lunch
12 noon – 5:30 PM Competition tasks at all competition sites

Thursday 10 April 2014

8:30 AM – 1:00 PM Competition tasks at all competition sites
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM All competitors have lunch together
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Awards ceremony at competition sites
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Medallists prepare for the medal ceremony

Competition steering group

Ville Ovaskainen / North Karelia College Valtimo (head judge)
Kari Nevanperä / John Deere Forestry Oy
Mika Laakso / John Deere Forestry Oy
Jani Kujansuu / Länsirannikon koulutus Oy
Mikko Pulkkinen / South Savo Vocational College
Jari Taavitsainen / South Savo Vocational College



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