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Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators Print

Operate one or several types of power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, pumps, derricks, shovels, tractors, or front-end loaders to excavate, move, and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard surface pavement. May repair and maintain equipment in addition to other duties.

    Work Activities
    • Learn and follow safety regulations.
    • Take actions to avoid potential hazards or obstructions, such as utility lines, other equipment, other workers, or falling objects.
    • Locate underground services, such as pipes or wires, prior to beginning work.
    • Monitor operations to ensure that health and safety standards are met.
    • Adjust handwheels and depress pedals to control attachments, such as blades, buckets, scrapers, or swing booms.
    • Start engines, move throttles, switches, or levers, or depress pedals to operate machines, such as bulldozers, trench excavators, road graders, or backhoes.
    • Coordinate machine actions with other activities, positioning or moving loads in response to hand or audio signals from crew members.
    • Load and move dirt, rocks, equipment, or other materials, using trucks, crawler tractors, power cranes, shovels, graders, or related equipment.
    • Check fuel supplies at sites to ensure adequate availability.
    • Test atmosphere for adequate oxygen or explosive conditions when working in confined spaces.
    • Drive and maneuver equipment equipped with blades in successive passes over working areas to remove topsoil, vegetation, or rocks or to distribute and level earth or terrain.
    • Signal operators to guide movement of tractor-drawn machines.
    • Keep records of material or equipment usage or problems encountered.
    • Align machines, cutterheads, or depth gauge makers with reference stakes and guidelines or ground or position equipment, following hand signals of other workers.
    • Operate tractors or bulldozers to perform such tasks as clearing land, mixing sludge, trimming backfills, or building roadways or parking lots.
    • Drive tractor-trailer trucks to move equipment from site to site.
    • Repair and maintain equipment, making emergency adjustments or assisting with major repairs as necessary.
    • Connect hydraulic hoses, belts, mechanical linkages, or power takeoff shafts to tractors.
    • Operate equipment to demolish or remove debris or to remove snow from streets, roads, or parking lots.
    • Talk to clients and study instructions, plans, or diagrams to establish work requirements.
    • Operate compactors, scrapers, or rollers to level, compact, or cover refuse at disposal grounds.
    • Operate loaders to pull out stumps, rip asphalt or concrete, rough-grade properties, bury refuse, or perform general cleanup.
    • Operate road watering, oiling, or rolling equipment, or street sealing equipment, such as chip spreaders.
    • Turn valves to control air or water output of compressors or pumps.
    • Select and fasten bulldozer blades or other attachments to tractors, using hitches.
    • Push other equipment when extra traction or assistance is required.
    • Perform specialized work, using equipment such as pile drivers, dredging rigs, drillers, or concrete pumpers.
    • Compile cost estimates for jobs.
    • Operate conveyors to remove grit and debris from digesters.
    Skills
    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Operation 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
    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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    Knowledge
    • 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.

    • Mechanical

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

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $54,400/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $26.15/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 15,200
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,780
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Concern for Others
    • Independence
    • Self Control
    Tools
    • Power saws
    • Land drilling rigs
    • Graders
    • Front end loaders
    • Dump trucks
    Technology
    • Time accounting software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Operating system software
    • Office suite software
    • Facilities management software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.