Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation

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About this program

A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to operate and maintain a variety of heavy equipment, such as a crawler tractors, motor graders and scrapers, shovels, rigging devices, hoists, and jacks. Includes instruction in digging, ditching, sloping, stripping, grading, and backfiling, clearing and excavating.

Career Opportunities

Hoist and Winch Operators

operate or tend hoists or winches to lift and pull loads using power-operated cable equipment.
$62730
No degree required
Personality Match

Interest Match

Excavating Machine Operators

operate or tend machinery equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets, to excavate and load loose materials.
$48500
No degree required
Strong job growth
Personality Match

Interest Match

Dredge Operators

operate dredge to remove sand, gravel, or other materials in order to excavate and maintain navigable channels in waterways.
$53790
No degree required
Strong job growth
Personality Match

Interest Match


Crane and Tower Operators

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operate mechanical boom and cable or tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions.
$64010
Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth
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Continuous Miner Operators

operate self-propelled mining machines that rip coal, metal and nonmetal ores, rock, stone, or sand from the mine face and load it onto conveyors, shuttle cars, or trucks in a continuous operation.
$58340
No degree required
Personality Match

Earth Drillers

operate a variety of drills such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic to tap sub-surface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction. May use explosives. Includes horizontal and earth boring machine operators.
$51040
No degree required
Strong job growth
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Explosives Workers

place and detonate explosives to demolish structures or to loosen, remove, or displace earth, rock, or other materials. May perform specialized handling, storage, and accounting procedures. Includes seismograph shooters.
$51040
No degree required
Personality Match

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Track Equipment Operators

lay, repair, and maintain track for standard or narrow-gauge railroad equipment used in regular railroad service or in plant yards, quarries, sand and gravel pits, and mines. Includes ballast cleaning machine operators and railroad bed tamping machine operators.
$57430
No degree required
Personality Match

Highway Maintenance Workers

maintain highways, municipal and rural roads, airport runways, and rights-of-way. Duties include patching broken or eroded pavement and repairing guard rails, highway markers, and snow fences. May also mow or clear brush from along road, or plow snow from roadway.
$43200
No degree required
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Interest Match


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.
$55280
No degree required
Strong job growth
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Interest Match


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