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.
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.
Long-term on-the-job training
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.
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