Construction Equipment Operators
Do you think it would be cool to operate a forklift, crane, excavator, road roller, or another piece of heavy equipment? Construction equipment operators are needed on all kinds of projects and get to do just that.
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2018 Median Pay: $46,990/year, $22.59/hour
^^This has the potential to be much higher.
Typical Entry-Level Education: HS Diploma
On-the-job Training: Apprenticeship
Number of Jobs, 2018: 453,200
Job Outlook 2018-28: 10% (faster than average)
Employment Change 2018-28: 44,000
What They Do
Construction equipment operators drive, maneuver, or control the heavy machinery used to construct roads, buildings and other structures.
Construction equipment operators work in nearly all weather conditions. They often get dirty, greasy, muddy, or dusty. The majority of operators work full time, and some operators have irregular work schedules. Some construction projects, especially road building, are done at night.
How To Become One
SENIORS: Our local Operating Engineers apprenticeship office is accepting applications for apprentices during the month of January 2020. Come see Mrs. Mendez for instructions on how to apply.
Many workers learn equipment operation on the job after earning a high school diploma or equivalent, and others learn through an apprenticeship or by attending vocational schools.
The starting pay for apprentices is usually between 60 percent and 70 percent of what fully trained operators make. They receive pay increases as they learn to operate more complex equipment.
Apprenticeships are post-high school training programs that last 4-5 years. During that time, you are learning on-the-job, and in class maybe 2-3 days per month. You make good wages while you’re being trained, and great wages once you’ve completed the training.
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Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, US Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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