Operating Engineers

Architecture & Construction > Construction

Projected Growth: Faster than average

52500+
Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

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.

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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.

Tasks

    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.

Tools

Winches

Wheel loaders

Weedeaters

Water pumps

Vibratory compactors

Verticutters

Vertical drills

All Tools

Vacuum pumps

Utility locators

Two-man augers

Two way radios

Turn-a-pulls

Turf quakers

Tugger hoists

Truck-mounted generators

Truck trailers

Truck cranes

Trenchers

Treecutters

Travel lifts

Tractors

Tracked loaders

Tracked hydraulic excavators

Tilt graders

Telescopic forklifts

Tape measures

Tankers

Tandem axle dump trucks

Tampers

Sweepers

Snowplows

Snow blowers

Skip loaders

Skid steer machines

Skid steer loaders

Single axle dump trucks

Silent hoists

Shovels

Shot blasters

Shielded arc welding tools

Sewer rodding machines

Seeders

Screwdrivers

Scrapers

Scoopmobiles

Saws

Safety gloves

Safety glasses

Safety boots

Runway deicers

Rulers

Rubber-tired excavators

Roustabout cranes

Ross carriers

Rollers

Robotic machines

Robotic concrete busters

Road watering equipment

Road finishing machines

Respirators

Power saws

Power sanders

Power drills

Post hole diggers

Pipe threaders

Pickup trucks

Picks

Personal computers

Pavement breakers

Oiling equipment

Multipurpose vacuum catch basin cleaners

Mowers

Motor graders

Monorails

Mini excavators

Milling machines

Mechanical sweepers

Measuring wheels

Manlifts

Mainline paint stripers

Levels

Laydown machines

Land drilling rigs

Jackhammers

Industrial scrapers

Hydraulic telescoping boom utility trucks

Hydraulic jacks

Hydraulic cranes

Hydraulic boom trucks

Hoists

Heavy duty excavators

Heavy dump trucks

Harrows

Hammers

Gutter pavers

Groovers

Grinders

Graders

Gas welders

Front end loaders

Forklifts

Flatbed trucks

Extender conveyors

End loaders

Ear plugs

Drill presses

Dredges

Draglines

Ditchers

Desktop computers

Derricks

Dempster dumpers

Demolition machines

Cutting torches

Curb pavers

Cultipackers

Crawler dozers

Concrete saws

Circular saws

Churn drills

Chip spreaders

Cherry pickers

Chemical-resistant clothing

Chain saws

Cell phones

Bulldozers

Bucket attachments

Box scrapers

Blade attachments

Belt loaders

Belly dumpers

Basin machines

Barrier movers

Backhoes

Backhoe attachments

Axes

Asphalt spreader boxes

Asphalt pavers

Asphalt compactors

Aquatic weed harvesters

Angle dozers

Air compressors

Aeroil propane kettles

Adjustable wrenches

20-ton tractors

18-ton hydraulic cranes

15-ton truck cranes

Technologies

Maintenance record software

Work record software

Skills

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Equipment Maintenance

Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Troubleshooting

Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Abilities

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

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