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Construction Equipment Operators

Construction Equipment Operators
Quick Facts : Construction Equipment Operators*
2010 Median Pay$39,460
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012404,900
Job Outlook23% (Faster than average)
Employment Change94,800


Construction equipment operators drive, maneuver, or control the heavy machinery used to construct roads, bridges, buildings, and other structures. Construction equipment operators work in nearly every type of climate and weather condition. Workers often get dirty, greasy, muddy, or dusty. Some construction projects, especially road building, are done at night.

What Construction Equipment Operators Do

  • Check to make sure that equipment functions properly
  • Clean, maintain, and make basic repairs to equipment
  • Report malfunctions to supervisors
  • Drive and maneuver equipment
  • Ensure that safety standards are met

Work Environment

Construction equipment operators work in nearly every type of climate and weather condition. Workers often get dirty, greasy, muddy, or dusty. Most work full time, and some operators may have irregular hours. Some construction projects, especially road building, are done at night.
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Job Outlook

Overall employment of construction equipment operators is expected to grow 23 percent from 2010 to 2020 with the likelihood of increased spending on infrastructure to improve roads, and reparations of bridges, water and sewer systems, and the electric power grid which is expected to result in numerous jobs.
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Pay

The average salary of construction equipment operators was $39,460 in May 2010.
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Construction Equipment Operators*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Construction Equipment Operators

39460

Construction Occupations

43910.3704

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Construction Equipment Operators*
Percent Change in Employment

Construction Equipment Operators

23.4132

Construction Occupations

21.314657794104683

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Construction Equipment Operators

Many workers learn equipment operation through a formal apprenticeship, while others learn informally on the job, in the military, or by attending private trade schools. On the job, apprentices learn to maintain equipment, operate machinery, and use special technology, such as global positioning system (GPS) units. In the classroom, they are taught map reading, operating procedures for special equipment, safety practices, and first aid. Since apprentices learn to operate a wider variety of machines than do other beginners, they usually have better job opportunities.
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