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Become A Wheel Loader Operator

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Working As A Wheel 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

  • $36,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Wheel Loader Operator Do At Haulaway Storage Containers

Operator will be responsible for staging greenwaste for cleaning, moving Construction and Demolition material keeping equipment clean and general labor duties

How To Become A Wheel 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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Wheel Loader Operator Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    89.2%
  • Female

    6.0%
  • Unknown

    4.8%

Ethnicity

  • White

    77.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.7%
  • Asian

    8.5%
  • Black or African American

    2.9%
  • Unknown

    2.2%
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Top Skills for A Wheel Loader Operator

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Top Wheel Loader Operator Skills

  1. Wheel Loader
  2. Safety Checks
  3. Heavy Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Wheel loader operator for pipe crew.
  • Excavate raw materials from sand, gravel and rock quarries.
  • Haul logs to stationary and mobile chip plants with 980G w/log forks for processing, 4000 hrs.
  • Perform routine* Operate front-end loader to transport materials to and from storage and processing areas.
  • Move materials to staging areas, load and unload trucks as needed.

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