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Duties and Qualifications of an Equipment Operator

Due to the booming trade in building and construction, there is sure a lot of work involving the use of heavy equipment. Some of the commonly used heavy equipment in construction include backhoe loaders, bulldozers, excavators, cranes and graders. Such equipment do help to make work easier and faster, but they can be dangerous when used by incompetent operators. For this, the industry is always in the look-out for competent and skilled heavy equipment operators. Are you one of them?

Duties of an Equipment Operator

The duties of a heavy equipment operator will depend on the kind or type of machinery he will be operating. If he is to operate the crane, he will do to move, transport or hoist heavy materials around the construction vicinity. If he is the designated loader operator, you will expect him to move aside and load aggregates, asphalt, construction or demolition debris, etc. If he is certified to operate an excavator, he will be tasked to excavate earth to allow workers to install or repair underground utilities.

Whatever the machinery he will get to handle, the equipment operator should be skilled, competent and safety-conscious in operating the machinery assigned to them. He should know how to maneuver and navigate them, drive and run them into performing the functions intended.

Aside from operating them properly and safely, the equipment operator is also tasked to maintain the machinery at all times, testing them before and after operating them, cleaning them, repairing them or sending them for repairs. Every good equipment operator will get to read the operator's manual if he will operate a different brand or model of equipment for safety reasons.

How To Become An Equipment Operator

Qualifications for equipment operator vary by state or company. However, most employers hire high school graduates or those with GED and offer them paid training or apprenticeship. Employers start training newcomers to operate light equipment and then proceed to heavy ones. These on-the-job training or apprenticeship often last a few years.

There are also schools that offer courses or training programs for aspiring equipment operators.

If you are keen on becoming an equipment operator, you need to have excellent eyesight, eye-hand coordination, mechanical skills, communication skills, problem-solving and high regards for occupational safety.