Bulldozer and Grader Operators

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Bulldozer and Grader Operators

Bulldozer and Grader Operators - Preparation

To work as an operating engineer and construction equipment operator, you typically need to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
  • complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.

Education after high school

No formal education is required beyond high school.

On-the-job training

Many operating engineers and construction equipment operators learn their skills informally on the job. In this case, you learn from an experienced worker. Training lasts several months to a year depending on the type of equipment you operate.

Military training

Some branches of the military train people to be construction equipment operators. Training lasts from four to 12 weeks, depending on your specialty. Additional training occurs on the job.

If you receive this type of training in the military, you may earn credit for previous work experience when you enter a civilian apprenticeship program.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.