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    Heavy equipment operators control machines designed for construction and maintenance projects.  They operate specialized equipment such as backhoes, excavators, bulldozers, and graders to construct and maintain roads, buildings and structures.  
     
     
  • Ask yourself do you like to....

    • Operate heavy machinery?
    • Use computer programs to maneuver equipment?
    • Perform simple maintenance tasks on equipment?

    …then a career as a Heavy Equipment Operator might be for you.

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  • About heavy equipment operators

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  • What heavy equipment operators do What heavy equipment operators do

    • Operate various pieces of heavy equipment
    • Perform maintenance on equipment
    • Perform trench work
    • Excavate and back fill
    • Prepare construction sites 
  • Working conditions Working conditions

    • Work at construction sites
    • Work outdoors in the elements
    • Sometimes work in remote locations
  • Where heavy equipment operators work Where heavy equipment operators work

    • Residential construction
    • Commercial construction
    • Road Infrastructure
    • Specialty trades
    • Quarry or mine
  • Work Schedule Work Schedule

    May include some

    • Evenings
    • Nights
    • Weekends
    • Holidays
    • Over-time
  • Career path

  • What it takes to become a heavy equipment operator What it takes to become a heavy equipment operator

    Education/Training

    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • Some state require CDL Driver's license
    • Apprenticeship
    • Trade or vocational school
  • Skills needed Skills needed

    • Team player
    • Safety conscious
    • Hand/eye coordination
    • Communication skills
    • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
    • Ability to work in outdoor elements
    • Problem solving skills
    • Math skills