Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators :

Operate one or several types of power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, pumps, derricks, shovels, tractors, or front-end loaders to excavate, move, and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard surface pavement. May repair and maintain equipment in addition to other duties.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $54,280.00
Average Time to Fill 46 days
Typical Education High school diploma or equivalent
Typical Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 10,163
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 8.47 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Work Ethic
Following Directions
Information Gathering

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment

Operate heavy construction equipment
Operate pneumatic tamper to patch pavement or tamp earth
Move earth or debris for roads, construction, or related projects
Grade earth for roads or other construction
Operate mining equipment or machinery
Operate lifting equipment such as hoists, winches, or hydraulic booms
Operate material or personnel moving, lifting, loading, or unloading equipment
Operate crane in construction, manufacturing, or repair setting
Operate equipment or vehicles to clear construction sites or move materials
Drive trucks or truck-mounted equipment
Drive tractor-trailer truck
Operate tractor with accessories or attachments

Controlling Machines and Processes

Operate pumps or compressors
Control operation of compressors
Operate packaging or banding machine or equipment
Operate road-surfacing equipment
Operate sandblasting equipment
Control pumps or pumping equipment
Operate power driven pumps, equipment, or systems
Operate power or hand tools in engineering environments
Operate power generation equipment
Operate radio transmitter, receiver, or auxiliary equipment

Handling and Moving Objects

Install industrial machinery or equipment
Install attachments to machinery or related structures
Position construction or extraction equipment
Position machines, equipment, or structures
Level sand, dirt, concrete, or gravel bedding or foundation
Compact materials to create level bases
Set-up heavy construction equipment
Attach equipment extensions or accessories
Construct molds for casting objects

Performing General Physical Activities

Move construction or extraction materials to locations where they are needed
Operate jackhammer in accordance with safety regulations
Remove debris or vegetation from work sites
Load or unload materials used in construction or extraction
Review construction specifications
Move heavy objects in construction, extraction, or mining settings
Attach moisture barrier sheeting over construction surfaces

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Front End Loaders
Machine Operation
Materials Moving
Water Treatment
Hoisting Equipment

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