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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 Fundamentals Certificate of Completion

Long Beach City College
Long Beach (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)

Forklift Operator Certificate

Midlands Technical College
West Columbia (0.0 Miles)

Heavy Equipment Operations

Ilisagvik College
Utqiaġvik (0.0 Miles)

Forklift Safety & Operation certificate

Reedley College
Reedley (0.0 Miles)

Heavy Equipment Operations Certificate

Tohono O'odham Community College
Sells (0.0 Miles)

Commercial Truck Driving Technical Certificate

Southern Crescent Technical College
Griffin (0.0 Miles)

Advanced Heavy Equipment Operations Certificate

Tohono O'odham Community College
Sells (0.0 Miles)

Fork Lift Operator Certificate

York Technical College
Rock Hill (0.0 Miles)

Forklift Certification

Prince George's Community College
Largo (0.0 Miles)

Find Construction Equipment Operator Jobs in Your Area

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Heavy Equipment Operator

Tetra Tech, Inc.
Diamond Bar ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Utility Equipment Operator - Loader, Dozer, Trackhoe, Skid Steer

Rogers Group Inc
Columbia ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Equipment Operator

Railworks
Saint Louis ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Equipment Operator

PJ Dick-Trumbull-Lindy
New Galilee ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 4 weeks ago

Equipment Operator/Dozer

CalPortland
Tucson ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 months 4 weeks ago

Experienced Heavy Equipment Operators

Morgan Corp.
Kershaw ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 4 months 2 weeks ago

Heavy Equipment Operator - Motor Grader

S.T. Wooten Corporation
Raleigh ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 5 months ago

Heavy Equipment Operator

City of Cocoa, FL
Cocoa ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 6 months 3 weeks ago