Operating engineers and construction equipment operators drive and control machinery used on construction projects.
Operating engineers and construction equipment operators generally use machines to move objects short distances, such as around a factory or construction site. They talk to clients and supervisors and study plans and diagrams.
Operating engineers and construction equipment operators operate several different types of equipment, such as:
They make sure all hazards are removed. Utility and power lines must be located and flagged so they don't accidentally cut them. Operators must also make sure that other workers aren't in the way when they begin to use their equipment.
Operators and engineers use a variety of equipment to smooth or grade the ground. They may also dump, remove, or spread rock and earth. To run the machines, they move hand levers and foot pedals. They also operate switches and turn dials.
Operating engineers and construction equipment operators may set up and inspect equipment. They often attach hoses, belts, and other equipment to tractors. They make adjustments as required.
Operating engineers and construction equipment operators do maintenance and make minor repairs on their machines. They also clean and service their equipment. Operators may keep records of the materials they moved. They may do some manual loading and unloading.