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Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Set up or inspect equipment prior to operation.
    • Move levers, depress foot pedals, and turn dials to operate power machinery, such as power shovels, stripping shovels, scraper loaders, or backhoes.
    • Become familiar with digging plans, machine capabilities and limitations, and with efficient and safe digging procedures in a given application.
    • Observe hand signals, grade stakes, or other markings when operating machines so that work can be performed to specifications.
    • Operate machinery to perform activities such as backfilling excavations, vibrating or breaking rock or concrete, or making winter roads.
    • Receive written or oral instructions regarding material movement or excavation.
    • Direct workers engaged in placing blocks or outriggers to prevent capsizing of machines when lifting heavy loads.
    • Move materials over short distances, such as around a construction site, factory, or warehouse.
    • Measure and verify levels of rock or gravel, bases, or other excavated material.
    • Create or maintain inclines or ramps.
    • Lubricate, adjust, or repair machinery and replace parts, such as gears, bearings, or bucket teeth.
    • Direct ground workers engaged in activities such as moving stakes or markers, or changing positions of towers.
    • Adjust dig face angles for varying overburden depths and set lengths.
    • Handle slides, mud, or pit cleanings or maintenance.
    • Drive machines to work sites.
    • Perform manual labor to prepare or finish sites, such as shoveling materials by hand.

    Skills

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    N/A
    Workplace Documents
    N/A
    Graphic Literacy
    N/A

    Abilities

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

    • Depth Perception

      The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.

    Knowledge

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Building and Construction

      Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 46010/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 22.12/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed Not Available
    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity

    Tools

    • Mobile excavators
    • Grease guns
    • Flatbed trailers
    • Earthmoving buckets or its parts or accessories
    • Draglines

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Industrial control software
    • Electronic mail software

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