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2023-2024 Catalog 
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NATRS 114 - Chainsaw Operation and Maintenance

Credits: 2
Students demonstrate competency using small engine-powered forestry equipment. Teaches safety, maintenance, repairs and operation of the equipment. Emphasizes how the equipment is used in current forestry operations. This is a pass/no credit course.

Enrollment Requirement: Instructor consent.

Course Fee: $30.00

Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competency using a chainsaw and learn chainsaw safety, maintenance, repairs, and operation with emphasis on how the equipment is used in current forestry operations and demonstrate safe procedures at all times.
  2. Practice maintaining chainsaws and associated tools, parts, and equipment, repair (dismantling and assembling chainsaws and associated tools) and practice trouble-shooting problems.
  3. Demonstrate the safe use of chainsaws and associated tools in correct falling, log bucking techniques, and limbing situations.
  4. Demonstrate Silvicultural Operations that include pre-commercial and commercial thinning operations, and how to safely approach a cutting crew.
  5. Demonstrate professional attitude, critique and assist team-members, demonstrate safe conduct, and will follow instructions, operate equipment individually and in teams.

Program Outcomes
  1. Attain employment in several Natural Resources areas.
  2. Manage Forestland and Resources to attain positive outcomes.
  3. Demonstrate good written and verbal communications between industry partners and cooperators.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
  • Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.
  • Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning - Quantitative Reasoning encompasses abilities necessary for a student to become literate in today’s technological world. Quantitative reasoning begins with basic skills and extends to problem solving.

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