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What Does a Construction Equipment Operator Do?

Construction equipment operators are in high demand because they keep construction sites humming. They control the machines that move dirt, construction materials and other big items needed to build roads, bridges and buildings.

Equipment operators usually specialize. For example, construction equipment operators drive the excavation machines used to dig and lift dirt. Paving and surface equipment operators drive the machines used in road construction to spread concrete and asphalt. Pile driver operators control the equipment that hammers heavy beams called piles into the ground. Operators work in almost all weather conditions and they control machines like bulldozers, front end loaders, excavators, concrete pumps, dump trucks, graders and backhoe loaders.

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Median Salary $
49,000
Jobs Available
27,300+
A construction equipment operator will manage an excavator to clear the way for a new road
Running the heavy equipment at a construction site requires patience and a steady hand. (Credit: Juan Enrique del Barrio/Shutterstock)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Operate heavy machinery to move materials at building sites
  • Maintain equipment and make basic repairs 
  • Communicate effectively 
  • Monitor machine gauges and adjust as needed
  • Follow all safety standards
Education + Training

Most employers require a high school diploma or equivalent. Some workers attend technical school with classes in math and mechanics. Others learn their trade through an apprenticeship, which can last three or four years and includes on-the-job training. At a minimum, a commercial driver’s license is required. Most states and some cities require a special certificate for operators of specific machines like pile drivers.

YOU MAY BE A GOOD FIT FOR THIS POSITION IF YOU
  • Have steady hands and feet to operate the equipment 
  • Are detail-oriented
  • Have mechanical skills
  • Are not afraid of heights

Construction Equipment Operator training in your area

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Forklift Operation and Certification

Seattle Central College
Seattle (0.0 Miles)
Gateway Community College

Construction Working Training for Cranes/ Rigging Equipment Certificate

GateWay Community College (AZ)
Phoenix (0.0 Miles)

CDL Truck Driver Training Program & Forklift Operator Training

Prairie State College
Chicago Heights (0.0 Miles)

Truck Technician Diploma

Saint Paul College
St Paul (0.0 Miles)

Commercial Driver's License Program

Fayetteville Technical Community College
Fayetteville (0.0 Miles)

Heavy Equipment Operations Certificate

Tohono O'odham Community College
Sells (0.0 Miles)

Forklift Operator Certificate

Midlands Technical College
West Columbia (0.0 Miles)
Bakersfield College

Heavy Equipment Technician Certificate

Bakersfield College
Bakersfield (0.0 Miles)

Fundamentals for Forklift Driver Training

Fayetteville Technical Community College
Fayetteville (0.0 Miles)

Heavy Equipment Operations: Level 1

Valencia College
Orlando (0.0 Miles)

Heavy Equipment Operations Certificate

Tohono O'odham Community College
Sells (0.0 Miles)

Heavy Equipment Operations

Ilisagvik College
Utqiaġvik (0.0 Miles)

Find Construction Equipment Operator Jobs in Your Area

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Heavy Equipment Operator - Excavator

S.T. Wooten Corporation
Clayton ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 6 months ago

Universal Equipment Operator

CalPortland
Phoenix ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 8 months ago

Dozer Operator

Webber
Atlanta ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 year 5 months ago

Heavy Equipment Operator

Ledcor
Hartford ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 4 months 2 weeks ago

Heavy Equipment Operator

Ledcor
Indianapolis ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 4 months 2 weeks ago

Heavy Equipment Operator

Vulcan Materials Company
Abilene ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 months 3 weeks ago

Heavy Equipment Operator, (A204130-5), R27, Transmission & Distribution

City of Laredo, TX
Laredo ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Heavy Equipment Operator

Vulcan Materials Company
Grayson ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago