Equipment Operator Job Openings - 122 Jobs

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Owner Operator OTR (Ashburn,VA)
    Rt&T Enterprises

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Dry Van Owner Operator (Ashburn,VA)
    Mercer Transportation

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Owner Operator - CDL A - Driving Job
    Forward Air Transportation Services

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    CDL- Owner Operator Driver Needed! (Ashburn,VA)
    Trans Am Trucking

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Step Deck Owner Operator (Ashburn,VA)
    Mercer Transportation

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    CDL A Owner Operator Job - Home Most Weekends
    CRST Dedicated-Owner Operatorscrst Dedicated Services

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    CDL Class A Owner Operator, Lease Purchase Available (Ashburn,VA)
    Forward Air, Inc.

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Class A CDL Solo & Team Owner Operator Positions
    Atlas Van Linesatlas Van Lines

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Owner Operator needed for our Commercial Truckload Division! (Ashburn,VA)
    Drive Atlas

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Class A CDL Solo & Team Owner Operator Positions
    Atlas Van Linesatlas Van Lines

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Straight Truck Owner Operator - Class B CDL (Ashburn,VA)
    Bolt Express

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $41,350

    NEW
    Owner Operator CDL A Truck Driver
    USA Truck

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $40,260

    NEW
    Flat Bed Owner Operator (Ashburn,VA)
    Mercer Transportation

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,110

    NEW
    HVACR Equipment
    Roman Co. Inc.

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    CDL A - Dry Van Owner Operator Trucking Jobs! (Ashburn,VA) - Super Service, LLC
    Super Service, LLC

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Owner Operator, Class A CDL, Lease Purchase Options, Drop & Hook, OTR (Ashburn,VA)
    Forward Air, Inc.

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Owner Operator, Class A CDL, Over the Road, Drop & Hook (Ashburn,VA)
    Forward Air, Inc.

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Team Owner Operator, Class A CDL, Over the Road, Drop & Hook, Lease Purchase Options (Ashburn,VA)
    Forward Air, Inc.

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Owner operator team truck driving opportunities at UPS Freight apply today! (Ashburn,VA)
    Ups Freight

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Looking for an Owner Operator or Lease Purchase Career in Transportation? STI is the One! (Ashburn,VA)
    CRST

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $41,350

    NEW
    Owner Operator Truck Driver Job - Sign On Bonus Available& Great Benefits! (Ashburn,VA)
    Us Xpress

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $41,350

    NEW
    Hiring CDL A Owner Operator Truck Drivers - New Pay Package (Ashburn,VA)
    Daily Express

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $41,350

    NEW
    Owner Operator Truck Driver Job - Flexible Home Time - Virginia (Ashburn,VA)
    Crete Carrier Corporation

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $41,350

    NEW
    Owner Operator Class A CDL, Drop & Hook, Truck Driver (Ashburn,VA)
    Forward Air, Inc.

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $41,350

    NEW
    Truck Driver Owner Operator Rates Are Up and Stepdeck& Lowboy Freight is Back! (Ashburn,VA)
    Daily Express

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Grow your truck driving business with an industry leader. Class A CDL owner operator opportunities UPS Freight (Ashburn,VA)
    Ups Freight

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NOW HIRING CLASS A CDL OWNER OPERATORS (Ashburn,VA)
    All State Express

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Solo & Team Owner Operators, Class A CDL, Lease Purchase Available, Expedited Shipment (Ashburn,VA)
    Forward Air, Inc.

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    CDL-A Owner Operators - Ask About Our New Pay Increase and our $5,000 sign-on bonus ! (Ashburn,VA)
    USA Truck

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Straight Truck Owner
    Tri-State Expedited Services

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Class A CDL Van Owner Operators (Ashburn,VA)
    Universal

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Owner Operators- CDL-A Team Heavy Haul
    Bennett Motor Express

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Class A CDL Owner Operators (Ashburn,VA)
    Oakley Trucking

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Owner Operators Class A CDL (Ashburn,VA)
    Freymiller

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    TENPOINT EXPEDITING NOW HIRING STRAIGHT TRUCK OWNER OPERATORS (Ashburn,VA)
    Tenpoint Expediting Services

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Straight truck Tractor
    V3 Transportation

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Local Owner Ops Wanted In These Locations! $2,000 SIGN ON BONUS! (Ashburn,VA)
    Universal

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Over the road Owner Operators Wanted (Ashburn,VA)
    Keystone Logistics

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $97,020

    NEW
    Staff Engineer Network Operations
    Verizon Communications

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    CDL A Owner Operators:
    RWI Transportation LLC

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Solo & Team Owner Operators, Lease Purchase Available, CDL Class A, Drop & Hook (Ashburn,VA)
    Forward Air, Inc.

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Fleet Owners & Owner
    V3 Transportation

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    STRAIGHT TRUCK OWNER
    Tri-State Expedited Services

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Class A Owner Operators Wanted-Ad #1 (Ashburn,VA)
    Metro Transport Group

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Team Owner Operators, Drop and Hook, Regular Home Time, CDL Class A (Ashburn,VA)
    Forward Air, Inc.

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    CDL-A Owner Operators: Ready To Earn Some Of The Industrys Highest Revenue? (Ashburn,VA)
    RWI Transportation LLC

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Solo & Team Owner Operators, Class A CDL, Lease Purchase Available, Drop & Hook (Ashburn,VA)
    Forward Air, Inc.

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Tractor owner operators needed (Ashburn,VA)
    V3 Transportation

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Class A CDL Owner Ops - GENEROUS SIGN ON BONUS (Ashburn,VA)
    Universal

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    CDL A Owner Operators:
    Hansen & Adkins Auto Transport

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    CDL-A Owner Operators: Open Road|Open Communication|Top Rates (Ashburn,VA)
    RWI Transportation LLC

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    CLASS A OWNERS OPS and DRIVERS (Ashburn,VA)
    Fusion Transportation Group

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    CDL-A OWNER OPERATORS (Ashburn,VA)
    Bolt Express

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Class A CDL Owner Operators - End Dump Drivers: $175,000-$200,000 Average Annual Pay! (Ashburn,VA)
    Oakley Trucking

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    CDL-A Owner Operators: $1000 Bonus every 30K Miles | Top Pay Rates (Ashburn,VA)
    RWI Transportation LLC

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Class A CDL Owner Operators Needed, High-Value Pay for High-Value Drivers (Ashburn,VA)
    CRST

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Bennett Motor Express is look for Owner Operators Cdla Team Heavy Haul in Ashburn
    Bennett Motor Express

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Owner Operators Cdla Team Heavy Haul
    Bennett Motor Express

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    Dedicated Freight - Owner Operators Tractors (Ashburn,VA)
    V3 Transportation

    Ashburn, VA

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,400

    NEW
    Flatbed Owner Operators and Lease Purchase Drivers (Ashburn,VA)
    Blair Logistics

    Ashburn, VA

Equipment Operator Jobs

average

$44,580

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Getting Information
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Outdoors/walking/standing
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment
  • Repetitive

What does an Equipment Operator do

Construction equipment operators drive, maneuver, or control the heavy machinery used to construct roads, bridges, buildings, and other structures.

Duties

Construction equipment operators typically do the following:

  • Clean and maintain equipment, making basic repairs as necessary
  • Report malfunctioning equipment to supervisors
  • Move levers, push pedals, or turn valves to control equipment
  • Drive and maneuver equipment
  • Coordinate machine actions with crew members using hand or audio signals
  • Ensure that safety standards are met

Construction equipment operators use machinery to move construction materials, earth, and other heavy materials at construction sites and mines. They operate equipment that clears and grades land to prepare it for the construction of roads, bridges, and buildings, as well as runways, power generation facilities, dams, levees, and other structures.

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators work with one or several types of power construction equipment. They may operate excavation and loading machines equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets that dig sand, gravel, earth, or similar materials. In addition to operating bulldozers, they operate trench excavators, road graders, and similar equipment. Sometimes, they may drive and control industrial trucks or tractors equipped with forklifts or booms for lifting materials. They may also operate and maintain air compressors, pumps, and other power equipment at construction sites.

Paving and surfacing equipment operators control the machines that spread and level asphalt or spread and smooth concrete for roadways or other structures.

  • Asphalt spreader operators turn valves to regulate the temperature and flow of asphalt being applied to the roadbed. They must ensure a constant flow of asphalt into the hopper and that the machine distributes the paving material evenly.
  • Concrete paving machine operators control levers and turn handwheels to move attachments that spread, vibrate, and level wet concrete. They must watch the surface of the concrete carefully to identify low spots that need additional concrete.
  • Tamping equipment operators use machines that compact earth and other fill materials for roadbeds, railroads, or other construction sites. They may also operate machines with interchangeable hammers to cut or break up old pavement and drive guardrail posts into the ground.

Pile-driver operators use large machines mounted on skids, barges, or cranes to hammer piles into the ground. Piles are long, heavy beams of concrete, wood, or steel driven into the ground to support retaining walls, bridges, piers, or building foundations. Some pile-driver operators work on offshore oil rigs.

Show More

Show Less

how to become an Equipment Operator

Many workers learn equipment operation on the job after earning a high school diploma or equivalent, while others learn through an apprenticeship or by attending vocational schools.

Education

A high school diploma or equivalent is required for most jobs. Vocational training and math courses are useful, and a course in auto mechanics can be helpful because workers often perform maintenance on their equipment. 

Education at a private vocational school may be beneficial in finding a job, and the variety of construction equipment that is taught varies from school to school. However, people considering this kind of training should check the school’s reputation among employers in the area and find out if the school offers the opportunity to train on actual machines in realistic situations.

Many training facilities incorporate sophisticated simulators into their training, allowing beginners to familiarize themselves with the equipment in a virtual environment before operating real machines.

Training

Many workers learn their jobs by operating light equipment under the guidance of an experienced operator. Later, they may operate heavier equipment, such as bulldozers. Technologically advanced construction equipment with computerized controls requires greater skill to operate. Operators of such equipment may need more training and some understanding of electronics.

Other workers learn their trade through a 3- or 4-year apprenticeship. For each year of the program, apprentices must have at least 144 hours of technical instruction and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. On the job, apprentices learn to maintain equipment, operate machinery, and use special technology, such as a Global Positioning System (GPS). In the classroom, apprentices learn operating procedures for special equipment, safety practices, and first aid, as well as how to read grading plans. Because apprentices learn to operate a wider variety of machines than do other beginners, they usually have better job opportunities.

A few groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans. The basic qualifications for entering an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school education or equivalent
  • Physically able to do the work
  • Valid driver’s license

After completing an apprenticeship program, apprentices are considered journey workers and perform tasks with less guidance.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Construction equipment operators often need a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to haul their equipment to various jobsites. State laws governing CDLs vary.

A few states have special licenses for operators of backhoes, loaders, and bulldozers.

Currently, 17 states require pile-driver operators to have a crane license because similar operational concerns apply to both pile-drivers and cranes. In addition, the cities of Chicago, New Orleans, New York, Omaha, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC require special crane licensure.

Important Qualities

Hand–eye–foot coordination. Construction equipment operators should have steady hands and feet to guide and control heavy machinery precisely, sometimes in tight spaces.

Mechanical skills. Construction equipment operators often perform basic maintenance on the equipment they operate. As a result, they should be familiar with hand and power tools and standard equipment care.

Physical strength. Construction equipment operators may be required to lift more than 50 pounds as part of their duties.

Unafraid of heights. Construction equipment operators may work at great heights. For example, pile-driver operators may need to service the pulleys located at the top of the pile-driver’s tower, which may be several stories tall.

Show More

Show Less

Show More Show Less

Equipment Operator Videos

Career Choices - Heavy Equipment Operator

Heavy Equipment Operator Training

How To Become A Heavy Equipment Operator

Real Equipment Operator Salaries

Get paid what you deserve

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Equipment Operator Interstate Waste Services Inc. Garfield, NJ Sep 01, 2015 $74,818
Equipment Operator Interstate Waste Services Inc. Garfield, NJ May 23, 2016 $74,818
Equipment Operator Allied Painting Inc. Cherry Hill, NJ Jul 19, 2016 $73,923
Chemical Equipment Operator and Tester Mac Hudson Industries Corp. Newark, NJ Nov 21, 2016 $66,000 -
$70,000
Chemical Equipment Operator Optimum Polymer Technologies, Inc. Memphis, TN Feb 16, 2016 $56,867
Equipment Operator Serra Stone Corporation Rockville, MD Feb 12, 2016 $44,179
Equipment Operator Serra Stone Corporation Bethesda, MD Jan 11, 2016 $44,179
Excavation Equipment Operator Sun Valley Service, Inc. East Hanover, NJ Jan 13, 2015 $44,013
AG Equipment Operator Mark Peterson (Farm) Aneta, ND Mar 01, 2015 $37,566
Agcricultural Equipment Operators J and L Harvestings LLC Claremont, SD Jan 12, 2015 $37,566

Top Skills for a Equipment Operator

Know what it takes to get the job done

LoadTrucksDumpTruckBackhoeSandForkliftsExcavatorsJOBSitesWaterTruckHaulTrucksPreventativeMaintenanceTrackHOEEquipmentOperationHeavyConstructionEquipmentMotorGraderHandToolsEmergencyHighPressureOshaCustomerServiceTractorTrailer

Top Equipment Operator Skills

The three most common skills for equipment operator jobs are:
  1. Load Trucks
  2. Dump Truck
  3. Backhoe

Tractor Trailer is the least sought after skill at the current time for equipment operator jobs.

Haul Trucks, Water Truck, Forklifts, Excavators, Hand Tools, Dump Truck, Backhoe, Emergency, Track HOE, Tractor Trailer, Heavy Construction Equipment, Osha, JOB Sites, Motor Grader, Customer Service, Preventative Maintenance, High Pressure, Equipment Operation, Sand, Load Trucks

Top Equipment Operator Employers

Find the best employers to advance your career

Top 10 Equipment Operator Employers

At the current time, Equipment Operator candidates have been hired at 10 firms around the country.

Other companies that have hired for Equipment Operator positions are:
  1. Schlumberger
  2. United States Navy
  3. United States Army
  4. Trican Well Service

Baker Hughes, Schlumberger, United States Navy, United States Army, Trican Well Service, Weatherford, Performance Technologies, Halliburton, Pumpco Services, Kiewit Corporation

Why Zippia is Better

Zippia empowers you to make the correct career decisions, not just find your next job.

You can access millions of others' career paths with the Career Map to help you identify what skills and experiences you need to achieve your career goals. And when you're ready to take the next step in your career, you can research jobs and really understand the implications for your career aspirations.