A front end loader operator is a heavy equipment operator who is usually found on demolition or roadway construction team. Quarries and general contractors also use dedicated personnel to work as operators for this machinery. Individuals in this field of work typically work outdoors and under the direction of a construction foreman or team leader.
The front end loader is a medium-sized vehicle, typically with treaded wheels and a large shovel or scoop on the front. The operator of this machine uses it to scoop up heavy debris with its hydraulic front bucket and then load that into a dump truck to be hauled away. The operator must be proficient with the various levers and steering controls to collect the debris and then unload it into the bed of a truck. Sometimes — especially in a quarry setting — the front end loader is used to create organized piles and sections of dirt, sand, gravel, or smaller rocks.
To work as a front end loader operator, a person typically needs to have some high school education, with a diploma or equivalent preferred. Most operators have experience working in contracting or similar labor. Many companies require potential operators to demonstrate proficiency operating the machinery for a foreman or supervisor. They must typically also exhibit a full understanding of safety regulations regarding the use of the loader. Loader operators typically work outdoors, with shifts that can begin in the early morning and run late into the day and evening.
Front End Loader Operator Tasks
Operate industrial vehicles to transport materials for production.
Maintain and service vehicles regularly.
Follow safety procedures, including weight limits, and communicate with other staff.