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.
Sample of reported job titles: Equipment Operator, Heavy Equipment Operator, Operating Engineer, Back Hoe Operator, Loader Operator, Machine Operator, Motor Grader Operator, Track Hoe Operator, Excavator Operator, Grader Operator
New Hampshire Outlook
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Education and Training
Entry-level Operating Engineers learn to operate equipment by training on-the-job under supervision, through a formal apprenticeship, or by attending a private trade school. Most have at least a high school diploma. Frequently, training is on a specific piece of construction equipment, such as a grader, backhoe, or bulldozer. Technologically advanced equipment may require specialized training.
In New Hampshire, there are no professional licensing requirements for Operating Engineers. There are professional associations for various types of equipment operators that offer training and certification.
Interests (Holland Code): RCI
Career Cluster: Architecture and Construction
Construction equipment operators work in nearly every type of climate and weather condition. Workers often get dirty, greasy, muddy, or dusty. Most work full time, and some operators may have irregular hours. Some construction projects, especially road building, are done at night.
Additional Information Sources**
Associated General Contractors of America
Associated General Contractors of NH
To Find a Job
Contact the nearest NH Employment Security office or go online to www.nhes.nh.gov
* New Hampshire Occupational Employment and Wages, September 2012. Wage estimates based on surveys through May 2011, adjusted to June 2012.
** Inclusion of this information is intended to provide a convenient resource for research, but in no way constitutes an endorsement for any organization; nor is the list all-inclusive.
NH Employment Projections, base year 2010 to projected year 2020
Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010, Bureau of Labor Statistics
For more information:
Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau
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