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Dredge Operators

Operate dredge to remove sand, gravel, or other materials in order to excavate and maintain navigable channels in waterways.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Move levers to position dredges for excavation, to engage hydraulic pumps, to raise and lower suction booms, and to control rotation of cutterheads.
    • Start and stop engines to operate equipment.
    • Start power winches that draw in or let out cables to change positions of dredges, or pull in and let out cables manually.
    • Pump water to clear machinery pipelines.
    • Lower anchor poles to verify depths of excavations, using winches, or scan depth gauges to determine depths of excavations.
    • Direct or assist workers placing shore anchors and cables, laying additional pipes from dredges to shore, and pumping water from pontoons.

    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.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    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.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • 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 45630/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 21.94/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:
    • Concern for Others
    • Leadership
    • Cooperation
    • Dependability
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Self Control

    Tools

    • Dredgers
    • Chain saw
    • Cargo trucks
    • Blow torch
    • Anchor rollers

    Technology

    • Mobile location based services software
    • Map creation software
    • Internet browser software
    • Industrial control software
    • Data base user interface and query software

    Tags

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