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Working As An Excavator Operator

  • 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

  • $44,580

    Average Salary

What Does An Excavator Operator Do At Ceres Environmental Services, Inc.

* Work in adherence to safe practices, procedures, work site or traffic laws.
* Move levers and depress pedals to maneuver equipment.
* Function in a strenuous and dangerous work environment.
* Complete work projects on time and in an effective manner.
* Grease, oil, and perform minor repairs.
* Fuel and service equipment as required.
* Inform and advise management or repair technician for major repairs or maintenance.
* Perform daily inspections and maintenance evaluations/checks on all equipment before and after use.
* Maintain effective working relationship with co-workers.
* Understand and perform various daily and weekly assignments from oral or written communication.
* Keep equipment and work area clean and orderly.
* Adhere to all company safety standards/policies and applicable OSHA regulations.
* Other duties may be assigned

What Does An Excavator Operator Do At ASI Constructors, Inc.

* Operate excavator (tracked or wheeled) safely and efficiently;
* Operate excavator to move materials (dirt, rock, demolished materials);
* Load trucks (on and off-road);
* Maintain load counts when necessary;
* Must be able to pass excavation competent person training;
* Perform daily inspection and ensure machine is in safe, proper working order—including fluid checks and proper lubrication;
* Must be able to safely pick and move rigged materials;
* Must also be able to read and understand excavator lift charts;
* Must be able to pass rigging training;
* Other duties as assigned.
* ASI employees must have common sense, competency, work cooperatively with other employees, and have a good positive attitude.
* They must also be punctual.
* Further, this means that you must be ready to work when your shift starts.
* So, you must arrive at work with enough time prior, to ready yourself for the shift.
* They should also work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others.
* Essential Ability Requirements for ASI Personnel:
* Working in the field at ASI Construction LLC is often physically demanding.
* The following list describes the minimum ability requirements for field personnel.
* Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials;
* Move heavy objects (94 pounds or more) short distances (20 feet or less);
* Move light objects (less than 94 pounds) long distances (more than 20 feet);
* Heavy lifting with repeated stooping, carrying and bending continually over time (i.e., picks up materials and move to a different location);
* Work long shifts with non-standard break times;
* Work in a variety of weather conditions with exposure to the elements;
* Learn job-related material primarily through oral instruction and observation.
* This learning takes place mainly in an on-the-job training setting;
* Must have vision equal to or better than is required for driving;
* If corrective lenses are required to achieve this level of vision, the employee must be able to wear PPE without interfering with the corrective lenses or the required PPE.
* The employee may have to purchase eye glasses (safety glass, etc.) that are compliant with ASI’s Safety Program and OSHA/MSHA requirements;
* Must have good hand-eye coordination;
* Must have quick reaction times;
* Must be able to hear adequately enough to be alerted by horns, sirens, shouting, or any other noise that is meant to convey a safety warning;
* If corrective device is required to achieve this level of hearing, the employee must be able to wear PPE without interfering with the corrective device or the required PPE;
* Lift arms above shoulder level (i.e., throws bags into a truck);
* Must have good balance and must not be clumsy;
* Climb ladders or steps to reach objects;
* Must be able to work at heights of up to 100’ or more;
* Must be able to work in confined or enclosed spaces;
* Must be able to sit for long periods of time;
* Must be able to wear a hard hat, safety glasses, gloves, and safety-toed boots;
* Must be able to walk moderate distances to reach work area (1/2 mile or more);
* Enter the cab of a vehicle that is 3
* feet (or more) off the ground;
* Must be able to sit in the operator’s seat of equipment and safely reach all pedals, switches, levers, buttons, etc. required to safely operate the equipment (if authorized for that piece of equipment);
* Must be able to sit in the operator’s seat of equipment and have an adequate field of vision of all instruments, gauges, warning lights, as well as an acceptable field of vision out of the windows and/or mirrors (if authorized for that piece of equipment);
* Understand and follow oral and written instructions;
* Must be committed to contributing to a culture of safety, looking out for yourself and others

What Does An Excavator Operator Do At KJ Walk

* Excavating a trench for various types of pipe Maneuvering/connecting pipe Place Manholes and other various structures Working Closely with other crew members using hand signals Perform routine daily maintenance Perform other duties as assigned Compensation Starting Wage $25+ an hour; pay progression is based on performance and attitude.
* We Offer Full time seasonal work with options to work year round Overtime IRA with employer match (after 3 months) Paid time off (after 3 months) Holiday pay Associated topics: clean, crew, driver, drywall, grass cutter, groundskeeper, helper, landscape, maintenance

What Does An Excavator Operator Do At E-Z Bel Construction Company

* Operates a crawler or rubber-tired machine mounted with an excavator bucket.
* May also be equipped with various hydraulic attachments (e.g. hammers) Performs daily inspection on equipment for issues and/or deficiencies; completes inspection paperwork daily and notifies the Foreman of any issues/defects.
* May assist the crew, when needed, in operating other equipment and/or helping the laborers on the ground.
* Wears appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times while on the jobsite (i.e. vest, earplugs, glasses, hard hat, etc

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How To Become An Excavator 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.


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.


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.

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  • White

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  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Polish

  • Turkish


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Top Excavator Operator Skills

  1. Bull Dozer
  2. Safety Regulations
  3. Heavy Equipment
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  • Worked within the company and state safety regulations and protocols.
  • -Served as primary heavy equipment mechanic.
  • Operated ten wheel dump truck and bobtail dump truck with a trailer.
  • Operated heavy equipment, including motor graders, heavy loaders, carryalls, bulldozers, backhoes, roller scrapers and tractors.
  • Operate Hitachi 1200 EX Excavator with a 20 yard bucket stripping and loading out topsoil on haul trucks.

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