Skip navigation

Operating Engineers & Other Construction Equipment Operators

Also called: Equipment Operator, Heavy Equipment Operator, Operating Engineer, Operator

Where in the Marine Corps? In the Marine Corps: Assault Breacher Vehicle (ABV)/Joint Assault Bridge (JAB) Operator; Combat Engineer; Construction Equipment Repairer; Engineer Equipment Operator; Engineer Senior Sergeant; Equipment Operator; Field Artillery (FA) Firefinder Radar Operator; Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS)/High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) Crewmember; PATRIOT Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer; Special Forces Engineer Sergeant

What 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.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • mechanical
Business
  • management

Skills

Basic Skills
  • 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
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Attention
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • 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:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Independence
  • Self Control

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Facilities management software
  • Maintenance record software
Time accounting software
  • Work record software

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

Get started on your career:

Find Training Find Certifications Registered Apprenticeship

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$41,870
per year, on average
Green
Check out my state Local Salary Info Find Jobs

Explore More

See more details at O*NET OnLine about operating engineers and other construction equipment operators.