Industrial ConstructionHeavy Equipment Operator

Heavy Equipment Operators drive and operate large construction equipment to help build structures.

Heavy Equipment Operator

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Do you like the idea of using machines and vehicles to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks? You might consider a job as a Heavy Equipment Operator. You’ll work to excavate sites, move dirt, pour concrete, and help build large structures and buildings.

You may start out working with forklifts, skid-steer loaders and other smaller heavy equipment. As an experienced Heavy Equipment Operator, you may use bulldozers, backhoes, excavators and cranes to prepare land for construction. You may also maintain and repair equipment as needed.

Projects may include helping to build roads, bridges, office buildings and other large structures. You’ll have the satisfaction of seeing your hard work help to build things people use every day.

It’s important to know and follow all safety procedures when working. Experience operating smaller heavy equipment is helpful in getting this job. 

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Critical Skills

  • Comprehend Technical Drawings and Other Visual Instructions
  • Construction Knowledge
  • Equipment Selection
  • Inspect Equipment
  • Mechanical Tools, Equipment, and Systems
  • Operate Large Vehicles
  • Precise Hand/Eye Coordination
  • Safety Regulations and Procedures
  • Team Player

Key Responsibilities

  • Coordinate machine actions with other activities, positioning or moving loads in response to hand or audio signals from crew members
  • Load and move dirt, rocks, equipment, or other materials, using trucks, power cranes, shovels, graders, or related equipment
  • Take action to avoid potential hazards or obstructions, such as utility lines, other equipment, other workers, or falling objects
  • Drive and maneuver equipment equipped with blades over working areas to remove topsoil, vegetation, or rocks or to distribute and level earth or terrain
  • Monitor operations to ensure that health and safety standards are met
  • Operate equipment to demolish or remove debris

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.

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Salary: $20-25/hr


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Having Independence

Managing People

Teaching

Improving Processes

Learning & Growing

Working with Data

Physical Activity

Writing Reports and Documentation

Caring for the Environment

Managing Things

Quiet Work Place

Avoiding Risk

Avoiding Stress

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Required Education

High School Diploma or GED


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