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Dredge Operators

Also called: Dredge Operator, Dredger

What they do:
Operate dredge to remove sand, gravel, or other materials in order to excavate and maintain navigable channels in waterways.
On the job, you would:
  • Move levers to position dredges for excavation, to engage hydraulic pumps, to raise and lower suction booms, and to control rotation of cutterheads.
  • Start and stop engines to operate equipment.
  • Start power winches that draw in or let out cables to change positions of dredges, or pull in and let out cables manually.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • management


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


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


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Concern for Others
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software
  • Teledyne Odom Hydrographic ODOM eChart
Industrial control software
  • Programmable logic controller PLC software
Mobile location based services software
  • Global positioning system GPS software


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

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