• Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 40,330
    $30,190 range bar $57,170
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Fast Growing
  • 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

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

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +1.2%
Job Opening 1,789

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