Details Report for:
47-2073.00 - Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
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.
Sample of reported job titles: Back Hoe Operator, Engineering Equipment Operator, Equipment Operator, Heavy Equipment Operator, Loader Operator, Machine Operator, Motor Grader Operator, Operating Engineer, Operator, Track Hoe Operator
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
Tools used in this occupation:
- Adjustable wrenches
- Agricultural rollers — Cultipackers
- Agricultural tractors — 20-ton tractors; Tractors
- Air compressors
- Articulating boom lift — Cherry pickers; Hydraulic telescoping boom utility trucks
- Asphalt finishers — Road finishing machines
- Backhoe boom or boom sections — Backhoe attachments
- Bituminous material distributors — Asphalt spreader boxes; Oiling equipment
- Blades or tooth or other cutting edges — Blade attachments; Industrial scrapers
- Blow torch — Cutting torches
- Cargo trucks — Dempster dumpers; Flatbed trucks
- Chip Spreaders
- Compactors — Asphalt compactors
- Conventional truck cranes — 15-ton truck cranes; Truck cranes
- Conveyor rails — Monorails
- Curbing machines — Curb pavers; Gutter pavers
- Demolition equipment kits — Demolition machines
- Desktop computers
- Drain or pipe cleaning equipment — Basin machines; Sewer rodding machines
- Dredgers — Aquatic weed harvesters; Dredges
- Drilling machines — Drill presses
- Dump trucks — Belly dumpers; Heavy dump trucks; Single axle dump trucks; Tandem axle dump trucks
- Ear plugs
- Earthmoving buckets or its parts or accessories — Bucket attachments
- Edgers — Groovers
- Elevating scrapers — Box scrapers
- Extendable conveyors — Extender conveyors
- Flatbed trailers — Truck trailers
- Forestry saws — Treecutters
- Front end loaders — End loaders; Tracked loaders
- Gas generators — Truck-mounted generators
- Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Gas welders
- Graders — Motor graders; Tilt graders
- Hazardous material protective apparel — Chemical-resistant clothing
- Hoists — Silent hoists; Tugger hoists
- Hydraulic truck cranes — 18-ton hydraulic cranes; Hydraulic boom trucks; Hydraulic cranes
- Jacks — Hydraulic jacks
- Joint cleaning or refacing machines — Shot blasters
- Kettle exchangers — Aeroil propane kettles
- Land drilling rigs — Churn drills; Vertical drills
- Lifts — Ross carriers; Travel lifts
- Light trucks or sport utility vehicles — Pickup trucks
- Loading equipment — Barrier movers
- Manlift or personnel lift — Manlifts
- Measuring wheels for distance — Measuring wheels
- Metal detectors — Utility locators
- Milling machines
- Mobile excavators — Mini excavators
- Mobile phones — Cell phones
- Mowers — Verticutters
- Paint sprayers — Mainline paint stripers
- Paving breakers — Pavement breakers; Robotic concrete busters
- Personal computers
- Pick or place robots — Robotic machines
- Pneumatic hammer — Jackhammers
- Post hole digger — Post hole diggers; Two-man augers
- Power drills
- Power grinders — Grinders
- Power sanders
- Power saws — Chain saws; Circular saws; Concrete saws
- Protective gloves — Safety gloves
- Pulled scrapers — Scrapers; Turn-a-pulls
- Road pavers — Asphalt pavers; Laydown machines
- Rollers for lawn or sports grounds — Turf quakers
- Safety boots
- Safety glasses
- Scrubbing machines — Mechanical sweepers; Multipurpose vacuum catch basin cleaners; Sweepers
- Seeder attachment — Seeders
- Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Shielded arc welding tools
- Skid steer loaders — Skid steer machines; Skip loaders
- Snow blowers
- Snowplow attachments — Snowplows
- Sprayers — Runway deicers
- Tape measures
- Telescoping boom lift — Telescopic forklifts
- Threading dies — Pipe threaders
- Track bulldozers — Angle dozers; Crawler dozers
- Track cranes — Roustabout cranes
- Track excavators — Heavy duty excavators; Tracked hydraulic excavators
- Track loaders — Belt loaders
- Trenching machines — Trenchers
- Two way radios
- Vacuum pumps
- Vibratory plates — Vibratory compactors
- Water pumps
- Water trucks — Road watering equipment; Tankers
- Weeders — Weedeaters
- Wheel bulldozers — Bulldozers
- Wheel excavators — Rubber-tired excavators
- Wheel loaders — Scoopmobiles
Technology used in this occupation:
- Facilities management software — Maintenance record software
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
- Operating system software — Microsoft Windows
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Time accounting software — Work record software
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Update job related knowledge or skills.
- Install equipment attachments or components.
- Position construction or extraction equipment.
- Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements.
- Locate equipment or materials in need of repair or replacement.
- Record operational or environmental data.
- Operate pumps or compressors.
- Drive trucks or truck-mounted equipment.
- Communicate with clients about products, procedures, and policies.
- Operate road-surfacing equipment.
- Estimate construction project costs.
- Operate heavy-duty construction or installation equipment.
- Compact materials to create level bases.
- Monitor construction operations.
- Move construction or extraction materials to locations where they are needed.
- Maintain construction tools or equipment.
- Signal equipment operators to indicate proper equipment positioning.
- Remove debris or vegetation from work sites.
- Operate equipment or vehicles to clear construction sites or move materials.
- Assist skilled construction or extraction personnel.
- Select construction equipment.
- Load or unload materials used in construction or extraction.
- Test air quality at work sites.
|Title||Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed|
|Education||These occupations usually require a high school diploma.|
|Related Experience||Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.|
|SVP Range||(4.0 to < 6.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|67||High school diploma or equivalent|
|13||Less than high school diploma|
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
|47-2071.00||Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators|
|47-2072.00||Pile-Driver Operators Bright Outlook|
|47-4051.00||Highway Maintenance Workers|
|47-4061.00||Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators Green|
|49-9012.00||Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door|
|51-4032.00||Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic|
|53-7021.00||Crane and Tower Operators|
|53-7032.00||Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators|
|53-7033.00||Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2015)||$21.44 hourly, $44,600 annual|
|Employment (2014)||363,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Faster than average (9% to 13%)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||97,800|
|Top industries (2014)||
Construction (59% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Construction equipment operators . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.
- Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) , 2300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 400, Arlington, VA 22201. Phone: (703) 548-3118. Fax: (703) 548-3119.
- International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) , 1125 17th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036. Phone: (202) 429-9100.
- National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) , 3600 NW 43rd St., Bldg. G, Gainesville, FL 32606. Phone: (888) 622-3720. Fax: (352) 334-0932.