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
Arts and Humanities
- English language
Safety and Government
- public safety and security
- thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
- 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
- Stress Tolerance
- Self Control
You might use software like this on the job:
Data base user interface and query software
- Teledyne Odom Hydrographic ODOM eChart
Industrial control software
- HYPACK DREDGEPACK
- Programmable logic controller PLC software
Mobile location based services software
- Global positioning system GPS software
Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED
Get started on your career:
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
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