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Operating engineers and construction equipment operators drive, maneuver, or control the heavy machinery used to construct roads, bridges, buildings, and other structures. They may operate excavation and loading machines equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets that dig sand, gravel, earth, or similar materials.
WHAT SKILLS & TRAINING ARE NEEDED?
Hand-eye-foot coordination: Construction equipment operators should have steady hands and feet to guide and control heavy machinery precisely, sometimes in tight spaces.
Mechanical skills: Construction equipment operators often perform basic maintenance on the equipment they operate. As a result, they should be familiar with hand and power tools and standard equipment care.
Physical strength: Construction equipment operators may be required to lift more than 50 pounds as part of their duties.
Many workers learn equipment operation on the job after earning a high school diploma or equivalent, and others learn through an apprenticeship or by attending vocational schools.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS A GOOD FIT FOR ME?
- You like working outdoors.
- You enjoy working with your hands.
- You don’t mind getting dirty.
WHERE CAN I PURSUE ALIGNED TRAINING?