Nationwide

HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR

Description:

Do you have an interest in operating dump trucks, bulldozers or other vehicles classified as heavy machinery? As a heavy equipment operator, you will learn how to safely use this type of equipment to move construction materials, dirt and other heavy objects at construction sites and mines. This occupation operates equipment that clears and grades land to prepare it for construction of roads, buildings and bridges, as well as airport runways, power generation facilities, dams, levees and other structures.

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Career Development:

​Information on how to qualify for and receive a CDL license in the State of Michigan: Commercial Driver License

Day In The Life of a Heavy Equipment Operator:
  • Start engines, move throttles, switches, or levers, or depress pedals to operate machines, such as bulldozers, trench excavators, road graders, or backhoes.

  • Repair and maintain equipment, making emergency adjustments or assisting with major repairs as necessary.

  • Load and move dirt, rocks, equipment, or other materials, using trucks, crawler tractors, power cranes, shovels, graders, or related equipment.

  • Operate tractors or bulldozers to perform such tasks as clearing land, mixing sludge, trimming backfills, or building roadways or parking lots.

  • Perform specialized work, using equipment, such as pile drivers, dredging rigs, drillers, or concrete pumpers.

Employment & Wage Statistics

Job growth (2019-2026)
11.7%
9%
10%
Nationwide
Statewide
Regional
Job openings (2019-2016)
10
920
52,500
Regional
Hourly wage range
$16.39
$21.81
$36.47

Median

Annual wage range
$34,090
$45,360
$75,850
Statewide
Hourly wage range
$17.55
$25.62
$36.93
Annual wage range
$36,490
$53,290
$76,810
Nationwide
Hourly wage range
$15.53
$23.55
$41.17
Annual wage range
$32,300
$48,980
$85,640
For more information on careers as a Heavy Equipment Operator:
ONET Summary Report - Equipment Operators

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