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Pile-Driver Operators

Also called: Pile Driver, Pile Driver Operator

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Army.

What they do:
Operate pile drivers mounted on skids, barges, crawler treads, or locomotive cranes to drive pilings for retaining walls, bulkheads, and foundations of structures, such as buildings, bridges, and piers.
On the job, you would:
  • Move hand and foot levers of hoisting equipment to position piling leads, hoist piling into leads, and position hammers over pilings.
  • Conduct pre-operational checks on equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Drive pilings to provide support for buildings or other structures, using heavy equipment with a pile driver head.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • building and construction
Business
  • customer service
Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Controlled Movement
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Reaction Time and Speed
  • quickly move your hand, finger, or foot based on a sound, light, picture or other command
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Self Control
  • Initiative
  • Persistence
  • Leadership

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • GRL Engineers Wave Equation Analysis Program GRLWEAP
  • Pile Dynamics Case Pile Wave Analysis Program CAPWAP
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Email software

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$49,730
per year, on average
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