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Based on 1,476 responses, the job of Heavy Equipment Operator has received a job satisfaction rating of 3.71 out of 5. On average, Heavy Equipment Operators are highly satisfied with their job.
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Q: What is it like working as a Heavy Equipment Operator?

April 2016
Heavy Equipment Operator:
Always be aware of your surroundings and be safe at all cost.
April 2016
Heavy Equipment Operator:
Learn to read your locates and assess your site. You should only trust yourself for an accurate assessment, don't take your Foreman or supervisor's word for it. The safety of the guys on the ground is paramount to anything else. Be aware of your surroundings, always do a circle check if your machine has been sitting a while as you never know what's been placed around you ( people or tools) Keep your equipment clean and greased. This not only keeps the boss happy, but it's your personal office, treat it as such. Always check the operation of all controls before using the machine in close proximity to people, or for the purpose of lifting. It's always best to discover any issues before there is a danger to yourself or others. Be smooth, accurate, and confident. Nobody wants to work around a neurotic operator. If your new to operating, hone your accuracy before your speed. You won't impress anyone if your quick but sloppy. Pre-plan your job. You'll save a lot of work!
May 2016
"Health problems."
Heavy Equipment Operator:
Go to school for something better and make more money.
May 2016
"Low stress."
Heavy Equipment Operator:
Pros: No responsibility, no pressure, reasonable hours.
Cons: Overtime, work on-call, adverse weather conditions.
June 2016
Heavy Equipment Operator:
Hands on is the only way to learn.
July 2016
"Stuck working here but atleast I'm not unemployed."
Heavy Equipment Operator:
Pros: I work on my home and know everyone needs the community.
Cons: The hours because I'm away from my family also the pay scale. I'm struggling to keep up with bills.
July 2016
"Salary negotiation."
Heavy Equipment Operator:
Negotiate early in your career. Highlight experience.