Operates or tends machinery equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets, to excavate and load loose materials.
This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway.
A person in this career:
- Moves levers, depresses foot pedals, and turns dials to operate power machinery, such as power shovels, stripping shovels, scraper loaders, or backhoes.
- Sets up or inspects equipment prior to operation.
- Becomes familiar with digging plans, machine capabilities and limitations, and with efficient and safe digging procedures in a given application.
- Observes hand signals, grade stakes, or other markings when operating machines so that work can be performed to specifications.
- Operates machinery to perform activities such as backfilling excavations, vibrating or breaking rock or concrete, or making winter roads.
- Receives written or oral instructions regarding material movement or excavation.
- Moves materials over short distances, such as around a construction site, factory, or warehouse.
- Creates or maintains inclines or ramps.
- Lubricates, adjusts, or repairs machinery and replaces parts, such as gears, bearings, or bucket teeth.
- Handles slides, mud, or pit cleanings or maintenance.