Papé Machinery Partners with Shasta College

Posted at 1:30 PM on Feb 19, 2021

Papé Machinery has announced that it will be working with Shasta College to help shepherd and bolster the local and national lumber industry.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

From Papé Machinery Partners with Shasta College to Address Workforce Needs of the Logging Industry; published on

Papé Machinery has proudly partnered with Redding, California’s Shasta Community College to help shepherd the growth of both the national- and state-level lumber industry in hopes of growth over the next decade and beyond.

Ted James, a Forester with Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI), says, “With over 150 million burned, dead, or dying trees, the California logging industry has its work cut out for it. But the average logging heavy equipment operator is over 50 years old, and the pipeline of younger operators is minimal.”

Through the Shasta College-led initiative, new and continuing students can expect several industry-specific programs covering topics such as Advanced Manufacturing, Welding, as well as ever-important Fire Technology courses, and many more. With funding from CAL FIRE and a partnership with the California Apprenticeship Initiative, students enrolled in the program have access to direct, on-the-job training from such notable logging groups like Associated California Loggers, California Women in Timber, Loggers Association of Northern California, and the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference.

Working in lumber is a challenging and rewarding career, which is why the Heavy Equipment Logging Operations (HELO) program provides an “in-woods” experience utilizing SPI’s 45,000-acre outdoor classroom where students can pilot modern logging equipment in a real-world environment.

There's quite a bit more in the full announcement, which you can ready by clicking the button below.