What does a Heavy Equipment Operator do?

A Heavy Equipment Operator uses a variety construction class vehicle on various job sites in all weather conditions. You will perform duties as part of a team and will be expected to communicate effectively while maintaining the highest safety practices.

The ideal candidate needs to have a GED or H.S. diploma with any current NCCER certification. You need to have a valid driver's license with a clean driving record for the past 2 years and at minimum of 2 years of experience handling heavy equipment. You need an understanding of the necessary job site safety procedures and preventative maintenance on a variety of construction class vehicles. A job offer is contingent on passing a drug test. A Heavy Equipment Operator will have the flexibility to work a variety of shifts potentially on different job sites with 2 weeks' notice.

What responsibilities are common for Heavy Equipment Operator jobs?
  • Performs preventive maintenance
  • Operates a variety of construction class vehicles
  • Operate vehicles with safety precautions in place
  • Works as part of a team under strict deadlines
  • Expected to work in a variety of extreme weather conditions
  • Maintenance licensing and certification on all vehicles
  • Wear safety gear at all times
  • Attend all safety trainings
What are the typical qualifications for Heavy Equipment Operator jobs?
  • Driver's license, required
  • Clean driving record for the past 2 years
  • Ability to pass a drug test
  • Hold any NCCER certification, required
  • 2+ years of experience handling heavy equipment
  • Understanding of job site safety procedures
  • Familiarity with preventive maintenance on a variety of construction class vehicles
  • Willingness to work a variety of shifts with 2 weeks' notice
  • Willingness to be outside in a variety of extreme weather conditions
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Heavy Equipment Operator Salaries

Average Base Pay

$77,402 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$52K
Median: $77K
$114K
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