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Mike talks to us about his job as a Construction Operator. He shares what a typical day looks like for him operating the heavy vehicles typically used in a construction site. He also shares his career path and some advice on how to get a job in construction.

Job Title: Construction Operator

Job Summary: Crane and Tower Operators

Job Description

Material moving machine operators use machinery to transport various objects. Crane and tower operators use tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machinery, or other heavy objects. Operators extend and retract horizontal arms and lower and raise hooks attached to cables at the end of their crane or tower. Operators are usually guided by other workers on the ground using hand signals or a radio. Most crane and tower operators work at construction sites or major ports, where they load and unload cargo. Some also work in iron and steel mills.

On-the-Job Training

Long-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Several states and many cities require crane operators to be licensed. To get a license, operators typically must complete a skills test in which they show that they can control a crane. They also usually must pass a written exam that tests their knowledge of safety rules and procedures.

Certification Requirement

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$20,000 - $50,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Likes working with hands, Technical skills

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m='9240'>moving</span> <span m='9615'>dirt</span> <span m='9990'>out</span> <span m='10130'>of</span> <span m='10170'>the</span> <span m='10260'>way,</span> <span m='10870'>getting</span> <span m='11230'>ready</span> <span m='11590'>to</span> <span m='11900'>excavate</span> <span m='12310'>the</span> <span m='12390'>job</span> <span m='12660'>site</span> <span m='13020'>down.</span> <span m='13940'>I</span> <span m='14350'>run</span> <span m='14530'>anything</span> <span m='14870'>from</span> <span m='15100'>the</span> <span m='15200'>concrete</span> <span m='15680'>pump</span> <span m='15910'>truck</span> <span m='16460'>to the</span> <span m='16790'>excavator,</span> <span m='17790'>the</span> <span m='18140'>loaders,</span> <span m='19440'>the</span> <span m='20260'>what</span> <span m='20670'>we</span> <span m='20760'>call</span> <span m='21000'>Bobcats,</span> <span m='22040'>like</span> <span m='22170'>a</span> <span m='22240'>mini-bulldozer.</span> </p><p><span 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m='35770'>a</span> <span m='35820'>job,</span> <span m='36300'>learn</span> <span m='36570'>the</span> <span m='36660'>trade</span> <span m='37010'>from</span> <span m='37160'>that</span> <span m='37370'>person,</span> <span m='38560'>become</span> <span m='38940'>qualified</span> <span m='39520'>for</span> <span m='39650'>more</span> <span m='39870'>jobs,</span> <span m='40280'>and</span> <span m='40410'>I</span> <span m='40440'>would</span> <span m='40570'>just</span> <span m='40720'>continue</span> <span m='41130'>to</span> <span m='41250'>roll</span> <span m='41550'>forward.</span> </p><p><span m='43720'>It's</span> <span m='43820'>pretty</span> <span m='43990'>hard</span> <span m='44180'>work,</span> <span m='45140'>a lot</span> <span m='45340'>harder</span> <span m='45720'>than</span> <span m='45780'>it</span> <span m='45980'>looks.</span> <span m='46170'>You</span> <span m='46320'>see</span> <span m='46490'>some</span> <span m='46700'>guys</span> <span m='46870'>standing</span> <span m='47290'>around</span> <span m='47560'>on the</span> <span m='47650'>street</span> <span m='48000'>or</span> <span m='48040'>holding</span> <span m='48280'>a</span> <span m='48340'>sign,</span> <span m='48730'>but</span> <span m='48890'>that's</span> <span m='49120'>not</span> <span m='49280'>it</span> <span m='49390'>all</span> <span m='49520'>the</span> <span m='49600'>time.</span> <span m='49880'>You'd</span> <span m='50020'>be</span> <span m='50250'>lucky</span> <span m='50480'>to</span> <span m='50550'>get</span> <span m='50720'>a</span> <span m='50780'>job</span> <span m='51060'>like</span> <span m='51190'>that</span> <span m='51410'>for</span> <span m='51510'>an</span> <span m='51590'>hour</span> <span m='51810'>or</span> <span m='51870'>two.</span> <span m='52540'>Go</span> <span m='52710'>to your</span> <span m='52770'>union</span> <span m='53300'>rep,</span> <span m='53970'>join</span> <span m='54190'>the</span> <span m='54300'>union,</span> <span m='54990'>go</span> 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