Heavy equipment operators maneuver and manipulate the heavy machinery and equipment used in construction work.

What Heavy Equipment / Earth Moving Equipment Operators Do.

Construction projects such as the erection of buildings and the production of roads and bridges require the use of heavy machinery, and this machinery requires skilled workers to operate it effectively and safely. These workers deftly operate heavy machinery and equipment to move construction materials, large amounts of earth, or other heavy items, and to clear land in preparation for construction. Examples of heavy equipment which these workers operate include cranes, bulldozers, excavation and loading machines, pavers, and pile drivers. In addition to driving and controlling these machines, heavy equipment operators must perform cleaning and minor repairs and communicate with other crew members in order to complete work efficiently and safely.