An excavator operator operates heavy machinery to move materials and clear ground, digging holes and trenches to prepare sites for construction. They may also be required to occasionally perform maintenance on the machines. A typical day for an excavator operator is often spent on a construction site in conditions that can be unpredictable and/or extreme; for example, there may be heat, cold, dust, and noise. However, most machines have air-conditioned, soundproof cabs that may make work more comfortable. Excavator operators' hours may vary depending on their employers' needs, and they may include weekends and night shifts. They might also be required to travel to remote work sites.
The ideal candidate for excavator operator jobs has mechanical aptitude, is in good shape, and has good eyesight. They should be good at working on a team and handling problems in a timely, effective manner. Prospective excavator operators may benefit from formal training, such as high school- or college-level courses in mechanics, computer science or other relevant subjects; additionally, construction equipment operating programs exist. It is possible to become an excavator operator with just a high school diploma or equivalent, but formal training may allow for better job opportunities. A prospective excavator operator also needs to have relevant licensing, as well as a commercial driver's license in some states.
Excavator Operator Tasks
Maintain, confirm condition of excavator and operate within regulations and safety limits.
Maintain awareness of site and workers and communicate actions.
Operate excavator safely to accomplish specified goals.