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Become A Bucket Operator

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Working As A Bucket Operator

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Getting Information
  • $66,270

    Average Salary

What Does A Bucket Operator Do At Lewis Tree Service, Inc.

* Performs actual work functions as a line clearance tree trimmer while UNDER DIRECT SUPERVISION OF A CREW LEADER OR A QUALIFIED LINE CLEARANCE TREE TRIMMER.
* Removal of trees and brush, cleanup and disposal of debris.
* Operation of power equipment, such as trucks, chippers, aerial lifts, power saws, sprayers, use of ladders and hand tools.
* Responsible for the inspection and proper working conditions of all tools and equipment assigned to the worker by the crew leader.
* Safeguards employees and public from hazards in and around the working area.
* Helps enforce on the job safety practices.
* In addition to the above, performs other duties as required or as assigned

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How To Become A Bucket Operator

Education and training requirements vary by the occupation. Crane operators and excavating machine operators usually have several years of experience in related occupations, such as construction equipment operators or hoist or winch operators.

Education

Although no formal education is usually required, some companies prefer material moving machine operators to have a high school diploma. For crane operators, excavating machine operators, and dredge operators, however, a high school diploma or equivalent is typically required.

Training

Most material moving machine operators are trained on the job in less than a month. Some machines are more complex than others, such as cranes as compared with industrial trucks such as forklifts. Therefore, the amount of time spent in training will vary with the type of machine the operator is using. Learning to operate a forklift or an industrial truck in warehouses, for example, may take only a few days. Training to operate a crane for port operations may take several months. Most workers are trained by a supervisor or another experienced employee.

The International Union of Operating Engineers offers apprenticeship programs for heavy equipment operators, such as excavating machine operators or crane operators. Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job training with technical instruction.

During their training, material moving machine operators learn a number of safety rules, many of which are standardized through the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Employers must certify that each operator has received the proper training. Operators who work with hazardous materials receive further specialized training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

A number of states and several cities require crane operators to be licensed. To get a license, operators typically must complete a skills test in which they show that they can control a crane. They also must pass a written exam that tests their knowledge of safety rules and procedures. Some crane operators and industrial truck and tractor operators may obtain certification, which includes passing a written exam.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Crane operators and excavating machine operators usually have several years of experience working as construction equipment operators or hoist and winch operators. 

Important Qualities

Alertness. Material moving machine operators must be aware of their surroundings while operating machinery.

Hand–eye–foot coordination. Material moving machine operators should have steady hands and feet to guide and control heavy machinery precisely. They use hand controls to maneuver their machines through tight spaces, around large objects, and on uneven surfaces.

Mechanical skills. Material moving machine operators make minor adjustments to their machines and perform basic maintenance.

Visual ability. Material moving machine operators must be able to clearly see where they are driving or what they are moving. They must also watch for nearby workers, who may unknowingly be in their path.

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Bucket Operator Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    97.3%
  • Female

    2.7%

Ethnicity

  • White

    82.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.8%
  • Asian

    5.8%
  • Unknown

    1.3%
  • Black or African American

    0.2%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    100.0%

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Top Skills for A Bucket Operator

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Top Bucket Operator Skills

  1. Foot Bucket Truck
  2. Chainsaw Safety Procedures
  3. Clearance/Tree Trimmer
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Certified OSHA-approved Qualified Line Clearance/Tree Trimmer.
  • Worked from heights up to 100 ft. from the bucket in order to obtain line clearance.
  • Obtained Class B CDL permit to drive bucket trucks and transport chippers.
  • Certified in traffic control, from simple setups to advanced setups.
  • Cut away dead or excess branches.

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