Operates 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.
This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway.
A person in this career:
- Learns and follows safety regulations.
- Takes actions to avoid potential hazards or obstructions, such as utility lines, other equipment, other workers, or falling objects.
- Locates underground services, such as pipes or wires, prior to beginning work.
- Monitors operations to ensure that health and safety standards are met.
- Adjusts handwheels and depresses pedals to control attachments, such as blades, buckets, scrapers, or swing booms.
- Starts engines, moves throttles, switches, or levers, or depresses pedals to operate machines, such as bulldozers, trench excavators, road graders, or backhoes.
- Coordinates machine actions with other activities, positioning or moving loads in response to hand or audio signals from crew members.
- Loads and moves dirt, rocks, equipment, or other materials, using trucks, crawler tractors, power cranes, shovels, graders, or related equipment.
- Checks fuel supplies at sites to ensure adequate availability.
- Drives and maneuvers equipment equipped with blades in successive passes over working areas to remove topsoil, vegetation, or rocks or to distribute and level earth or terrain.