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Working As an Operator/Assistant Foreman

  • 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

  • $48,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Operator/Assistant Foreman 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.

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How To Become An Operator/Assistant Foreman

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.

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Top Skills for An Operator/Assistant Foreman

  1. Safety Meetings
  2. Job Site
  3. Daily Operations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Participate in group discussions including unit meetings, job briefings, safety meetings or process reviews.
  • Assist job site supervisor with day-to-day events and activities such as obtaining permits and meeting with home owners.
  • Take over daily operations of crew and equipment in the absence of the foreman.
  • Served as assistant foreman (trained employees and oversaw production as needed).
  • Operated 10,000lbs Lull forklift over 15,000 hours logged NCCCO certified OSHA certified

Operator/Assistant Foreman Demographics

Gender

Male

93.0%

Unknown

4.8%

Female

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

65.2%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

5.5%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

80.0%

Swedish

20.0%

Operator/Assistant Foreman Education

Schools

University of North Texas

7.7%

Richmond Community College

7.7%

University of Phoenix

7.7%

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

7.7%

Xavier University

7.7%

Thomas College

7.7%

University of Maine at Augusta

3.8%

ITT Technical Institute-Tampa

3.8%

Jefferson Community and Technical College

3.8%

Greenville Technical College

3.8%

California State University - Fullerton

3.8%

Georgia Northwestern Technical College - Floyd County Campus

3.8%

Casper College

3.8%

Roxbury Community College

3.8%

Pima Community College

3.8%

William M. Maguy School of Education

3.8%

Mount Wachusett Community College

3.8%

Purdue University - North Central

3.8%

Carroll Community College

3.8%

Western Kentucky University

3.8%
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Majors

Business

20.0%

Construction Management

9.1%

Psychology

7.3%

Automotive Technology

7.3%

Precision Metal Working

5.5%

General Education, Specific Areas

5.5%

Legal Support Services

5.5%

General Studies

5.5%

Sociology

3.6%

Project Management

3.6%

Management

3.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.6%

Marketing

3.6%

Nursing

3.6%

Criminal Justice

3.6%

Apparel And Textiles

1.8%

Information Sciences

1.8%

Drafting And Design

1.8%

Public Health

1.8%

Architectural Technology

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

51.2%

Bachelors

19.8%

Associate

16.3%

Certificate

10.5%

Masters

2.3%
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Updated May 19, 2020