A labour operator, sometimes called a laborer, operates all kinds of construction equipment on the job site. From backhoes to air compressors, labour operators have all kinds of machinery experience under their belt. Obviously the most important skill for a labour operator is knowing how to operate construction machines safely. However, they don't just sit in the cabin of a backhoe while the rest of the crew does the hands-on work. Labour operators are not afraid to get their hands dirty when it comes to tasks such as prepping an area for excavation or checking the safety of a construction site. Labour operators also need strong communication skills and knowledge of safety standards to work well with their colleagues on the job site.
Formal education is not required to become a labour operator. In fact, fewer than 10% of labour operators have a bachelor's degree. They usually need a high school diploma, CDL (Commercial Driver's License), and some experience in construction to get hired.
Labour operators earn an average salary of $34,549 a year. However, this varies between cities and employers.