Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

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What do they do?

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.

Also known as:

Back Hoe Operator, Engineering Equipment Operator, Equipment Operator (EO), Forklift Operator, Grader Operator, Heavy Equipment Operator, Hot Mix Asphalt Operator, Machine Operator, Motor Grader Operator, Operating Engineer, Scraper Operator, Track Hoe Operator

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 7%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #31 in job growth rate
  • 1,370

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #10 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0%)
  • Master's degree (0.4%)
  • Bachelor's degree (2.5%)
  • Associate's degree (5.7%)
  • Some college, no degree (18%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (53%)
  • Less than high school diploma (20.4%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • 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.
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Abilities

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.
  • 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.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Rate Control - The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Update job related knowledge or skills.
  • Position construction or extraction equipment.
  • Monitor construction operations.
  • Operate equipment or vehicles to clear construction sites or move materials.
  • Move construction or extraction materials to locations where they are needed.
  • Locate equipment or materials in need of repair or replacement.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 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

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