Construction Heavy Equipment Operator Job Profile and Description

They may be like ordinary drivers, but wearing a hard hat, these Construction Heavy Equipment Operators do more than drive large trucks to transport heavy construction materials from the contractors to the building site.  Those heavy construction machines demand excellent dexterity and hand-eye reflexes to ensure their safe and effective operation.

Construction Heavy Equipment Operator Duties and Responsibilities

  • Observe assigned shift schedule for satisfactory work attendance
  • Comply with operating safety rules and regulations
  • Operate heavy equipment as may be assigned such as paving, surfacing and asphalt spreader equipment, back-hoes, bulldozers, rippers and crawler-tractors to open paths for construction works
  • Operate mechanized drillers and other construction earth movers to pave way for erecting cornerstones and foundation.
  • Operate lifters to hoist concrete beams and trusses in erecting building.
  • Operate pavers to lay down asphalt for roads, driveways and parking lots.
  • Coordinate with the maintenance crew to report any problem with the operation of assigned equipment
  • Complete job form for the day to account for work hours
  • Operate and provide demonstration operations for new heavy equipment products to corporate clients.

Construction Heavy Equipment Operator Skills and Specifications

  • Working knowledge in handling heavy equipment such as those from Komatsu and Caterpillar machines.
  • Above average comprehension skills to understand instructions and safety rules
  • Excellent medical and physical fitness to handle heavy equipment controls

Construction Heavy Equipment Operator Education and Qualifications

  • A high school diploma along with some experience in construction work is basic.
  • A post secondary Certification in Heavy Equipment Operation or a 2-3 year apprenticeship in the operation of diesel trucks or heavy equipment is preferred.


Construction Heavy Equipment Operator Salary

The median hourly wage of Heavy Equipment Operators in the construction industry was $17.92 in 2008. The middle 50% earned between $14.21 and $22.56 with the bottom 10% getting $11.63, and the highest 10% getting $27.07.  The various state contractors account for the wide range.