Excavator operator digging a trench at construction site

Excavator Operator

Excavator Operators operate heavy excavation plants to excavate, move and load earth, rock and rubble.

Overview

Excavator Operators operate heavy excavation plants to excavate, move and load earth, rock and rubble.

Day-to-day

  • prepares and positions plant for operation
  • selects, fits and removes attachments such as buckets, winches, loading scoops, shovel blades and rock breaking hammers
  • operates controls to excavate, break, drill, level, compact, gouge out, move, load and spread earth, rock, rubble, soil and other materials
  • monitors operation of plant and adjusts controls to regulate pressure, speed and flow of operation, and ensures safety of other workers
  • raises, lowers and manipulates attachments using manual and hydraulic controls
  • works from drawings, markers and verbal instructions
  • services, lubricates, cleans and refuels plant and performs minor adjustments and repairs.

Considerations

  • requires driving
  • working outdoors.

Occupation snapshot
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Not available
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Moderate
Apprenticeships may be available

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