CAREER

Excavating and Loading Machine Operators

Overview

Salary Median (2017)

$42,500

Projected Job Growth (2016-2026)

+8.1% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

High School Diploma

Career

What Excavating and Loading Machine Operators Do

Operate or tend machinery equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets, to excavate and load loose materials.

Other Job Titles Excavating and Loading Machine Operators May Have

Backhoe Operator, Dragline Oiler, Dragline Operator, Equipment Operator, Excavator Operator, Heavy Equipment Operator, Loader Operator, Operator, Pit Operator, Track Hoe Operator

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Move levers, depress foot pedals, and turn dials to operate power machinery, such as power shovels, stripping shovels, scraper loaders, or backhoes.
  • Set up or inspect equipment prior to operation.
  • Observe hand signals, grade stakes, or other markings when operating machines so that work can be performed to specifications.
  • Become familiar with digging plans, machine capabilities and limitations, and with efficient and safe digging procedures in a given application.
  • Operate machinery to perform activities such as backfilling excavations, vibrating or breaking rock or concrete, or making winter roads.

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