Senior Heavy Equipment Operator Overview

What does a Senior 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.

What responsibilities are common for Senior Heavy Equipment Operator jobs?
  • 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
What are the typical qualifications for Senior Heavy Equipment Operator jobs?
  • 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
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Senior Heavy Equipment Operator make near United States?

Confident
$66,977 /yr
Total Pay
$59,371
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$7,606
 /yr

Additional Pay

$66,977

 / yr
$44K$102K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Senior Heavy Equipment Operator Career Path

Learn how to become a Senior 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.

Heavy Equipment Operator II
$59,766/yr
Senior Heavy Equipment Operator
$66,977/yr
Senior Heavy Equipment Operator

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
41%
2 - 4
43%
5 - 7
13%
8+
3%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Senior Heavy Equipment Operator Insights

Read what Senior Heavy Equipment Operator professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Hearth Food GardenHearth Food Garden
Community Cultivator
Jun 2, 2023

“But as stated earlier… This is an great opportunity for personal and professional growth.🙂”

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Dec 10, 2022

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Kingston Freeport Terminal
Gantry Crane Operator
Jun 9, 2021

“My experience was great I really have fun working with some brilliant minds..these workers are really skilled and love what they do.”

Oklahoma CountyOklahoma County
Equipment Operator
Jan 9, 2022

“Management and HR will straight up lie to your face to get you to work and act like nothing happen.”

Brady WeldingBrady Welding
Crane Operator
Jun 6, 2022

“Really nothing to complain about other than I haven’t been able to move up or get a raise.”

Hoopaugh GradingHoopaugh Grading
Heavy Equipment Operator
Nov 21, 2021

“Insurance is expensive to have for family .. pay could be better if you have experience ..”

NucorNucor
Crane Operator
Sep 14, 2023

“Weekly production bonus which was anywhere from 100 to 150% of your base pay.”

Heffner PavingHeffner Paving
Steel Wheel Asphalt Roller Operator
Apr 1, 2021

“good pay family operated and friends”

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Senior Heavy Equipment Operator Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Senior Heavy Equipment Operator

When working as a Senior Heavy Equipment Operator, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are WORKING Relationships, CDL, Automotive Mechanical, Cost Estimates, and Written Communication.

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