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HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR

If you like to...

  • Operate heavy machinery?

  • Understand how things work and how to fix them?

  • 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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WHAT IT TAKES

EDUCATION

  • High school diploma or equivalency

  • Apprenticeship

  • Some states require CDL Driver's License

  • Trade or vocational school 

 

SKILLS

  • 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

 

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WHO WE ARE

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.  

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WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Residential and/or commercial sites

  • Work at construction sites

  • Work outdoors in the elements

  • Sometimes work in remote locations

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WORK SCHEDULE

  • Schedule may include:

       Evenings | Weekends | Holidays | Over-time

 

WHAT WE DO

  • Operate various pieces of heavy equipment

  • Perform maintenance on equipment

  • Perform trench work

  • Excavate and back fill

  • Prepare construction sites 

WHERE DO WE WORK

  • Residential construction

  • Commercial construction

  • Road Infrastructure

  • Specialty trades

  • Quarry or mine

AVERAGE SALARY:

$55,680

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