What does a Heavy Equipment Operator do?
A Heavy Equipment Operator uses a variety construction class vehicle on various job sites in all weather conditions. You will perform duties as part of a team and will be expected to communicate effectively while maintaining the highest safety practices.
The ideal candidate needs to have a GED or H.S. diploma with any current NCCER certification. You need to have a valid driver's license with a clean driving record for the past 2 years and at minimum of 2 years of experience handling heavy equipment. You need an understanding of the necessary job site safety procedures and preventative maintenance on a variety of construction class vehicles. A job offer is contingent on passing a drug test. A Heavy Equipment Operator will have the flexibility to work a variety of shifts potentially on different job sites with 2 weeks' notice.
- Performs preventive maintenance
- Operates a variety of construction class vehicles
- Operate vehicles with safety precautions in place
- Works as part of a team under strict deadlines
- Expected to work in a variety of extreme weather conditions
- Maintenance licensing and certification on all vehicles
- Wear safety gear at all times
- Attend all safety trainings
- Driver's license, required
- Clean driving record for the past 2 years
- Ability to pass a drug test
- Hold any NCCER certification, required
- 2+ years of experience handling heavy equipment
- Understanding of job site safety procedures
- Familiarity with preventive maintenance on a variety of construction class vehicles
- Willingness to work a variety of shifts with 2 weeks' notice
- Willingness to be outside in a variety of extreme weather conditions
How much does a Heavy Equipment Operator make?
Heavy Equipment Operator Career Path
Learn how to become a Heavy Equipment Operator, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
Average Years of Experience
Heavy Equipment Operator Insights
“My experience was great I really have fun working with some brilliant minds..these workers are really skilled and love what they do.”
“Management and HR will straight up lie to your face to get you to work and act like nothing happen.”
“Really nothing to complain about other than I haven’t been able to move up or get a raise.”
“Insurance is expensive to have for family .. pay could be better if you have experience ..”
“good pay family operated and friends”
“Good place to work and good”
“i worked everyday and good money”
“They expect you to obtain better training and certifications but it won't increase your value to them.”
Heavy Equipment Operator Interviews
Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Heavy Equipment Operator
When working as a Heavy Equipment Operator, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CDL, Fork Lift, English, Test Equipment, and Excellent Communication.
The most common qualifications to become a Heavy Equipment Operator include a minimum of a Associate's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.