A grader operator is a construction worker who operates a special type of heavy machinery called a grader, which is used to create straight, flat sections of earth; graders can be used, for example, in conducting road construction, leveling parcels of ground for further construction and creating dirt pathways for other machinery needed at the construction site. Graders can also be used to create staging areas for employees to park trucks and other construction equipment while at work. The grader is a driver-controlled piece of machinery that is usually towed to construction areas by flatbed truck. After unloading, the grader operator typically inspects it to ensure that it is sound for operation. Most graders require the operator to ride on top of the grading wheel, operating and steering it like a vehicle. They must be able to complete needed tasks on the grader safely, effectively and efficiently.
Vocational or on-the-job training in the safe operation of graders is needed in this position. Most grader operators are required to hold some kind of commercial driver's license or special equipment certification to operate this machinery as well. Most grader operators work in the field at construction sites during daylight hours, although some projects may require evening or overnight work as well.
Grader Operator Tasks
Operate a grader machine and other heavy machinery to prepare roadway surfaces for paving.
Adhere to all safety procedures, including daily inspection of equipment.
Clean, repair, maintain, and ensure security of grader machine and other equipment.