Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining

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What do they do?

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

Also known as:

Backhoe Operator, Dragline Oiler, Dragline Operator, Earth Moving Equipment Operator, End Loader Operator, Equipment Operator, Excavator Operator, Heavy Equipment Operator, Loader Operator, Pit Operator, Track Hoe Operator, Yard Loader Operator

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Projected Employment

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.1%)
  • Master's degree (0.6%)
  • Bachelor's degree (5.2%)
  • Associate's degree (5.9%)
  • Some college, no degree (19%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (49.4%)
  • Less than high school diploma (19.8%)

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People in this career often have these 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.
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People in this career often have talent in:

  • 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.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Inspect material-moving equipment to detect problems.
  • Operate excavation equipment.
  • Maintain professional knowledge or certifications.
  • Signal others to coordinate vehicle movement.
  • Receive information or instructions for performing work assignments.
  • Direct material handling or moving activities.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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