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Become A Dam Operator

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Working As A Dam 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

Example Of What A Dam Operator does

  • Performed dam operations by monitoring the flow of the river to maintain upper pool level.
  • Inspect lock equipment and machinery to avoid identify unsafe conditions and potential hazards.
  • Perform dam maintenance and routine maintenance of the lock operating equipment including replacing jaw couplings.
  • Build wooden forms for concrete pours along lock chamber.
  • Monitor the water levels from the lake and river in the chambers.
  • Operate a marine radio to communicate with vessels, operate gasoline and diesel generators and air compressors and troubleshoot and problems.
  • Improved safety interlock system by replacing whip limit switches on miter gates with proximity sensors.
  • Assisted the Lock Master in reporting on malfunctions of lock operating machinery.
  • Read Material Safety Data Sheets(MSDS)and USE Lock Out Tag Out process.
  • Advance knowledge of LPMS System and its sub working groups.
  • Created Standing Work Orders in FEMS system by entering information from 1852 Equipment Data Cards.
  • Controlled Tool log for preventive maintenance to be check out/in as needed to perform the jobs.

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How To Become A Dam 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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Top Skills for A Dam Operator

SafeLockageWaterLevelsRoutineMaintenanceLockChamberLpmsPreventiveMaintenanceDamOperationsWeatherConditionsAirCompressorLockPerformanceOmniFEMControlValvesHornSignalsElectricalControlsDamEquipmentLockEquipmentSpecificInstructionsWaterConditionsEnsures

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Top Dam Operator Skills

  1. Safe Lockage
  2. Water Levels
  3. Routine Maintenance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain and ensure correctness of data logs such as water levels, weather conditions, and vessel traffic.
  • Perform dam maintenance and routine maintenance of the lock operating equipment including replacing jaw couplings.
  • Operate a tow haulage winch during locking operations to assist barges departing the lock chamber.
  • Advance knowledge of LPMS System and its sub working groups.
  • Performed preventive maintenance and identified safety defects on pool and surrounding areas.