Heavy Equipment Operator Work Is Highly Skilled And
Almost every facet of construction industry has a need for people
able to operate different types of heavy equipment. This can be in the form of forklifts, cranes,
bulldozers, earth movers, loaders, backhoes/track hoes, and more. Each different piece of heavy equipment has
its own set of skills that must be mastered and the financial rewards are amazing with the piece of
equipment being operated.
Many pieces of heavy equipment operate similar to driving a car, with a steering wheel,
clutch, brake, and gas pedals. In addition, there are usually several levers that
control different movements of certain parts, such as loader buckets, blades, etc.
However, there are some items, such as bulldozers, track hoes, backhoes, etc, That
require one to operate completely using levers to control movement direction and speed
as well as the primary utility parts such as blades or digging buckets.
One of the most common types of construction to have a large number of different types of heavy
equipment is the road construction industry. Here, the ability to operate machines such as dozers, earth movers,
graders, front end loaders, Scot JCB and such is used daily. It is
important to note that different skills are needed with each type.
Cranes are in a class
by themselves because they may be driven to a site or erected on site, depending on the size of crane needed, and
because when lifting and moving loads, they are stationary. However, there are different types of cranes that lift
and handle loads differently, with each requiring its operator to learn specific signals and controls that can
differ from one type to another.
When a person seeks a job performing heavy equipment operator work, he must normally
specify the types of equipment he/she is experienced on.
Many people may think that the ability to operate one piece of
equipment is automatically accepted as the ability to operate all, but this is not the case, for example if you
where specialized in using Scot Industrial Air compressors you
would not necessarily be able to use the other equipment.
Because this type of work is so highly specialized and skilled, it is normally very
rewarding in the form of financial recompense. For many operators, it is also rewarding in the form of job
satisfaction, as they are aware that they are using skills that the average person may lack.
Heavy equipment operator work is not for the
faint of heart. Even though every safety precaution one can imagine is built into equipment and drilled into
operators during training, there are times when performance of the job can place an operator in an uncomfortable
One example would be operating a loader that builds
piles of aggregate at a stone quarry. It is often necessary to push the pile up in such a way that the loader is
almost standing on its rear end. Other times, the operator may have to drive up onto the top of piles to level them
off and create a road for himself and dump truck operators to reach the top. When this happens, he/she must also
create berms beside the path to the top as well as along the top edges of the pile to prevent a rollover/roll off
Another example would be the construction of dikes and levees. It is very likely that
there will be times when a piece of equipment will be needed to perform a function that places it in nearly a
vertical position when moving along a slope that is very steep, with the potential of rolling over.
An experienced operator can perform these functions
safely almost all the time, but there is a chance of accidents in these situations.
For these reasons, most people require several hours of extensive training
under supervised conditions before being declared fully adept at operation of any specific piece of equipment.
Changing from one to another, even of the same type, can involve a slight learning curve for the most experienced
For this and other reasons, heavy equipment operator work is difficult to find in
many areas. Qualified operators are not likely to leave a job unless someone makes a much better offer financially
or they decide it is time to retire. For those who do find this type of work, the rewards are there, both
financially and in job satisfaction.
Due to the specialized training and the type of coordination of movements that is
demanded of operators, the competition for these jobs is not as high as for other types of
While it does not take a college degree to qualify for these jobs,
they are often as well paid as many professional positions. Retention of good employees and attracting those who
will become valuable for these skills is important to all corporations that have use for equipment
In the end, one of the most satisfying aspects of heavy equipment operator work lays
in knowing that the unique and specialized skills one has acquired contributed to the creation of something that
will last for many years by Heavy Machine
Whether it is building construction with placement of trusses, girders, air conditioning units,
etc. Using a crane or road construction that includes building up a road bed by moving dirt and rock to the site,
packing, grading, paving, and more, the finished project is something that will probably outlast the people
involved in the construction.
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Heavy equipment operator work is far rarer than
other types, such as factory/manufacturing or professional, but it is a highly skilled and rewarding career option
for anyone who thinks that working outdoors is for them.
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