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Become A Loader Operator

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Working As A Loader Operator

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Getting Information
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • $32,090

    Average Salary

What Does A Loader Operator Do At Holcim (Us) Inc.

* Starts engine, shifts gears, presses pedals, and turns steering wheel to operate loader.
* Moves levers to lower and tilt bucket and drives front-end loader forward to force bucket into bulk material.
* Moves levers to raise and tilt bucket when filled, drives vehicle to work site, and moves levers to dump material.
* Perform assignments outlined by supervisors and standard procedures are followed in the performance of duties.
* Work is inspected periodically for safety and economy in operation.
* Performs routine maintenance on loader, such as lubricating, fueling, and cleaning.
* Maintain an effective system of communications with supervisors and customers serviced

What Does A Loader Operator Do At Lehigh Hanson

* Conduct a complete pre- and post-shift safety inspection daily.
* Responsible for knowing aggregate products.
* Able to estimate weight when loading trucks either visually or grade, maintain stockpiles.
* Load customer trucks in a safe and accurate manner
* Communicate with customer truck drivers to ensure quality service
* Communicate repair and safety issues to supervisor and/or mechanic.
* Responsible for lubrication of truck and performing minor repairs on equipment
* Other job duties as assigned

What Does A Loader Operator Do At Waste Connections, Inc.

* Under general supervision, operates tipper.
* May also include forklifts and front skid steer loaders.
* Also will have other duties including picking up garbage, cleaning machines, and directing traffic.
* Operates various equipment for general site and other related assignments.
* Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
* Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned

What Does A Loader Operator Do At MDU Resources Group

* AND/OR RESPONSIBILITIES
* Perform daily equipment, walk around and site inspections to identify and correct any unsafe conditions and keep equipment properly maintained.
* Safely and properly perform maintenance (lubricating, fueling and cleaning) on loader.
* Maintain 3 points of contact at all times while performing maintenance activities
* Safely and properly operate loader
* Make sure bucket/attachments are lowered to ground whenever leaving the equipment
* Load trucks with driver in sight to communicate and ensure safe loading procedure
* Load trucks up to legal hauling weight limit
* Identify appropriate material to produce quality aggregate material per job specifications.
* Communicate with other personnel and make required adjustments to material blends.
* Maintain smooth, level haul roads
* Maintain contaminate free aggregate piles
* Inspect material - check gradation quality, oversize rocks, contaminants
* Keep pit floor smooth & haul roads maintained
* May keep concrete plant fed for maximum production
* Check for spillage on plant floor and clean up daily (assist with shoveling spillage)
* Check for worn out flashing on plant that could lead to spillage
* May maintain the left over concrete that is dumped out at the plant
* Communicate effectively (verbal, listening, written) and work with difficult people under high stress situations.
* Self-motivated, team-player with good interpersonal skills; ability to maintain positive customer relations and act courteous/respectful of others.
* Troubleshoot and problem solve situations/problems (material quality, equipment operation/repair, etc.).
* Monitor and discuss production problems with co-workers and managers/supervisors.
* Ensure OSHA, MSHA, EPA, DNR, lock out/tag out, safety and environmental regulation compliance.
* Performs other duties as assigned

What Does A Loader Operator Do At Naes Corporation

* Operate and Load in a safe and efficient manner.
* Ensure adequate flow of blended fuel to boiler.
* Manage fuel piles.
* Maintain cleanliness of rolling stock and fuel forwarding systems.
* Report unsafe or abnormal conditions immediately to supervisor or Plant Manager.
* WORK CONDITIONS
* Position requires extended working hours and varied shifts with the possibility of weekend and holiday work as required by schedules, work load and plant conditions. "On call" status will be required.
* All employees will participate in the Fitness for Duty Program.
* This program includes a post offer physical examination and drug screening and post-employment random drug screening.
* There are extensive smoking restrictions in and around the plant.
* Must be able to lift, push, and pull 50 lbs, climb stairs, climb ladders and work on elevated surfaces, work in confined spaces, wear respirator and hearing and eye protection, work outside in hot or cold, wet or dry weather, work in high noise areas, work alone or with others, work in proximity to high voltage and/or rapidly rotating equipment, work occasionally with toxic chemicals, work extended hours, weekends and holidays and emergencies as required.
* On call” status will periodically be required

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How To Become A Loader 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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Loader Operator Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    92.5%
  • Female

    6.4%
  • Unknown

    1.0%

Ethnicity

  • White

    80.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    11.5%
  • Asian

    6.1%
  • Unknown

    1.0%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    66.0%
  • French

    6.0%
  • Carrier

    6.0%
  • Dakota

    4.0%
  • Polish

    4.0%
  • Turkish

    2.0%
  • German

    2.0%
  • Ukrainian

    2.0%
  • Japanese

    2.0%
  • Hindi

    2.0%
  • Urdu

    2.0%
  • Lingala

    2.0%
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Real Loader Operator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. MGR, Eligibility & Group Load Operations Medco Health Services Inc. Franklin Lakes, NJ Mar 05, 2016 $124,877
Loader Operator Mitchell's Auto Parts, Incorporated CT Aug 14, 2015 $43,701
Log Loader Operator Trucking GH Inc. ME Jun 20, 2016 $34,436
Log Loader Operator Daaquam Lumber Inc. ME Oct 17, 2016 $34,436
Log Loader Operator 9298-7502 Quebec Inc. ME Sep 19, 2014 $33,392
Log Loader Operator Daaquam Lumber Inc. ME Aug 24, 2015 $31,305
Log Loader Operator Trucking GH Inc. ME Jun 15, 2015 $31,305
Log Loader Operator Trucking GH Inc. ME Jun 23, 2014 $31,305
Log Loader Operator Trucking GH Inc. ME Oct 03, 2014 $31,305

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Top Skills for A Loader Operator

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Top Loader Operator Skills

  1. Safety Checks
  2. Front End Loader
  3. Load Trucks
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform quality and safety checks on all rail cars and equipment used.
  • Load outbound trucks with product using front end loader maintain loading area assist in hydro system and waste water
  • Skid steer Operator ~ Unload trucks, clean, plow and grade yard.
  • Light duty heavy equipment operation.
  • Sandblast and paint to specks.

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