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Excavating & Loading Machine & Dragline Operators

Also called: Dragline Oiler, Dragline Operator, Heavy Equipment Operator, Loader Operator

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Army, Marine Corps, or Navy.

What they do:
Operate or tend machinery equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets, to excavate and load loose materials.
On the job, you would:
  • Move levers, depress foot pedals, and turn dials to operate power machinery, such as power shovels, stripping shovels, scraper loaders, or backhoes.
  • Set up or inspect equipment prior to operation.
  • Become familiar with digging plans, machine capabilities and limitations, and with efficient and safe digging procedures in a given application.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • building and construction
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • figuring out how to use new ideas or things
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
Spatial
  • know where things are around you
  • imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed
Vision
  • decide which thing is closer or farther away from you or decide how far away it is from you

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
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Industrial control software
  • Machine control systems
  • Machine monitoring software
Spreadsheet software
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

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$38,900
per year, on average
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