Summary Report for:
47-2072.00 - Pile-Driver Operators
Operate pile drivers mounted on skids, barges, crawler treads, or locomotive cranes to drive pilings for retaining walls, bulkheads, and foundations of structures, such as buildings, bridges, and piers.
Sample of reported job titles: Pile Driver, Pile Driver 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
- Move hand and foot levers of hoisting equipment to position piling leads, hoist piling into leads, and position hammers over pilings.
- Conduct pre-operational checks on equipment to ensure proper functioning.
- Drive pilings to provide support for buildings or other structures, using heavy equipment with a pile driver head.
- Move levers and turn valves to activate power hammers, or to raise and lower drophammers that drive piles to required depths.
- Clean, lubricate, and refill equipment.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Air compressors — Portable air compressors
- Ammeters — Digital ammeters
- Below the hook device — Spreader beams
- Clock timers — Hour meters
- Ear muffs — Protective ear muffs
- Emergency medical services first aid kits — Emergency first aid equipment
- Fire extinguishers — Multipurpose fire extinguishers
- Gas generators — Portable generators
- Global positioning system GPS receiver — Global positioning system GPS receivers
- Goggles — Safety goggles
- Hand pumps — Hand-operated pumps
- Hex keys — Allen wrenches
- Hoists — Fixed leads; Hoisting equipment; Swinging leads
- Hydraulic quick connectors — Quick-disconnect hose couplers
- Industrial funnels — Lubricant dispensing funnels
- Ladders — Extension ladders
- Life vests or preservers — Life jackets
- Motor starter controls — Remote control pendants
- Pile driver tools or its parts or accessories — Diesel hammers; Gravity drop hammers; Pile threaders; Ratchet release shackles (see all 7 examples)
- Pile drivers — Excavator mounted pile drivers; Pile driving equipment
- Portable data input terminals — Pile driving analyzers
- Safety harnesses or belts — Four-point harnesses
- Slings — Chain slings; Lifting sling
- Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter — Saximeters
- Specialty wrenches — Filter wrenches
- Taglines — Rope taglines
- Thin client computers — On-board computers
- Torque wrenches — Digital torque wrenches
- Two way radios — Mobile radios
- Wire rope — Wire ropes
Technology used in this occupation:
- Analytical or scientific software — GRL Engineers Wave Equation Analysis Program GRLWEAP; Pile Dynamics Case Pile Wave Analysis Program CAPWAP; Pile Dynamics Pile Driving Analyzer PDA software
- Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software
- Electronic mail software — Email software
- Mobile location based services software — Global positioning system GPS software
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
- Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
- English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
- Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
- Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
- Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
- Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
- Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
- Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
- Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
- Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
- Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
- Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
- Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
- Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
- Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Detailed Work Activities
- Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
- Inspect equipment or tools to be used in construction or excavation.
- Clean equipment or facilities.
- Operate heavy-duty construction or installation equipment.
- Position structural components.
- Maintain construction tools or equipment.
- Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 100% responded “Every day.”
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 98% responded “Every day.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 91% responded “Every day.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 84% responded “Every day.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 83% responded “Every day.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 70% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 72% responded “Extremely important.”
- Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 54% responded “Every day.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 64% responded “Every day.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 49% responded “Extremely important.”
- In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — 70% responded “Every day.”
- Physical Proximity — 51% responded “Very close (near touching).”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 51% responded “Very high responsibility.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week — 58% responded “More than 40 hours.”
- Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — 42% responded “Every day.”
- Contact With Others — 41% responded “Constant contact with others.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 54% responded “Very important results.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 47% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 44% responded “A lot of freedom.”
- Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 72% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 52% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 41% responded “Every day.”
- Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 50% responded “Every day.”
- Time Pressure — 35% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Telephone — 40% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 58% responded “Every day.”
- Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 49% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
- Consequence of Error — 50% responded “Extremely serious.”
- Exposed to High Places — 51% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 35% responded “Some freedom.”
- Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 41% responded “Extremely important.”
- Spend Time Standing — 34% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — 39% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 57% responded “Less than half the time.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 35% responded “Every day.”
- Frequency of Conflict Situations — 25% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 37% responded “Important.”
- Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 41% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
|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|
|42||High school diploma or equivalent|
|23||Less than high school diploma|
Interest code: RCI
- 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.
- Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
- Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
- Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
- Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$24.76 hourly, $51,510 annual|
|Employment (2014)||4,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Much faster than average (14% or higher)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||1,200|
|Top industries (2014)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 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.