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Your job is to Operate one or several types of power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, pumps, derricks, shovels, tractors, or front-end loaders to excavate, move, and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard surface pavement. May repair and maintain equipment in addition to other duties.
Common job titles of Operating Engineers include:
Experience and Education
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
66.64% said they needed a High School Diploma.
18.04% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.
Learn and follow safety regulations.
Start engines, move throttles, switches, or levers, or depress pedals to operate machines, such as bulldozers, trench excavators, road graders, or backhoes.
Coordinate machine actions with other activities, positioning or moving loads in response to hand or audio signals from crew members.
Check fuel supplies at sites to ensure adequate availability.
Monitor operations to ensure that health and safety standards are met.
Connect hydraulic hoses, belts, mechanical linkages, or power takeoff shafts to tractors.
Load and move dirt, rocks, equipment, or other materials, using trucks, crawler tractors, power cranes, shovels, graders, or related equipment.
Take actions to avoid potential hazards or obstructions, such as utility lines, other equipment, other workers, or falling objects.
Drive and maneuver equipment equipped with blades in successive passes over working areas to remove topsoil, vegetation, or rocks or to distribute and level earth or terrain.
Operate tractors or bulldozers to perform such tasks as clearing land, mixing sludge, trimming backfills, or building roadways or parking lots.
Adjust handwheels and depress pedals to control attachments, such as blades, buckets, scrapers, or swing booms.
Operate loaders to pull out stumps, rip asphalt or concrete, rough-grade properties, bury refuse, or perform general cleanup.
Locate underground services, such as pipes or wires, prior to beginning work.
Keep records of material or equipment usage or problems encountered.
Align machines, cutterheads, or depth gauge makers with reference stakes and guidelines or ground or position equipment, following hand signals of other workers.
Signal operators to guide movement of tractor-drawn machines.
Operate compactors, scrapers, or rollers to level, compact, or cover refuse at disposal grounds.
Compile cost estimates for jobs.
Turn valves to control air or water output of compressors or pumps.
Drive tractor-trailer trucks to move equipment from site to site.
Perform specialized work, using equipment such as pile drivers, dredging rigs, drillers, or concrete pumpers.
Talk to clients and study instructions, plans, or diagrams to establish work requirements.
Repair and maintain equipment, making emergency adjustments or assisting with major repairs as necessary.
Operate equipment to demolish or remove debris or to remove snow from streets, roads, or parking lots.
Push other equipment when extra traction or assistance is required.
Test atmosphere for adequate oxygen or explosive conditions when working in confined spaces.
Select and fasten bulldozer blades or other attachments to tractors, using hitches.
Operate conveyors to remove grit and debris from digesters.
Operate road watering, oiling, or rolling equipment, or street sealing equipment, such as chip spreaders.
Vertical drillsAll Tools
Two way radios
Tracked hydraulic excavators
Tandem axle dump trucks
Skid steer machines
Skid steer loaders
Single axle dump trucks
Shielded arc welding tools
Sewer rodding machines
Robotic concrete busters
Road watering equipment
Road finishing machines
Post hole diggers
Multipurpose vacuum catch basin cleaners
Mainline paint stripers
Land drilling rigs
Hydraulic telescoping boom utility trucks
Hydraulic boom trucks
Heavy duty excavators
Heavy dump trucks
Front end loaders
Asphalt spreader boxes
Aquatic weed harvesters
Aeroil propane kettles
18-ton hydraulic cranes
15-ton truck cranes
Maintenance record software
Work record software
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Control Movement Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Control Precision
Coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Control Movement Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Multilimb Coordination
Judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Depth Perception