• Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators use construction equipment like bulldozers and front-end loaders to dig, move, and grade earth; erect structures; or pour concrete. Among other duties, they may repair and maintain equipment.

What do they typically do

  • Learn and follow safety regulations
  • Act to avoid potential hazards or obstructions, such as utility lines, other equipment, workers, or falling objects
  • Locate underground services, such as pipes or wires, before beginning work
  • Monitor operations to make sure they meet health and safety standards
  • Move levers, push pedals, or turn valves to activate power equipment
  • Drive and maneuver equipment
  • Coordinate machine actions with crew members in response to hand or audio signals
  • Make sure that fuel supplies at sites are adequate

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