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OPERATOR ENGINEER: You Don't Do The Same Thing Everyday

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Salvador, an Operator Engineer, describes his job operating construction vehicles for a living. He shares what a typical day looks like for him, how he got into the union, and what he's learned since being on the job. He also provides some good advice for other young people considering getting into this trade.

Job Title: Operator Engineer

Job Summary: Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

Job Description

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators work with one or several types of power construction equipment. They may operate excavation and loading machines equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets that dig sand, gravel, earth, or similar materials. In addition to operating the familiar bulldozer, they operate trench excavators, road graders, and similar equipment. Sometimes, they may drive and control industrial trucks or tractors equipped with forklifts or booms for lifting materials. They also may operate and maintain air compressors, pumps, and other power equipment at construction sites.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Varies by State

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$30,000 - $50,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Flexible, Full-time, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Remote, Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Courageous, Hand-eye coordination, Technical skills, Likes working with hands, Strength/stamina, Teamwork

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Apprenticeship
High school degree
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m='16350'>either</span> <span m='16560'>water</span> <span m='16890'>lines</span> <span m='17530'>or</span> <span m='17680'>electrical</span> <span m='18110'>lines</span> <span m='19190'>and</span> <span m='19740'>the</span> <span m='19830'>loading</span> <span m='20080'>up</span> <span m='20320'>trucks</span> <span m='20690'>with</span> <span m='21060'>dirt</span> <span m='21430'>and</span> <span m='21960'>concrete.</span> </p><p><span m='23260'>So</span> <span m='23450'>there's</span> <span m='23600'>a</span> <span m='23670'>lot</span> <span m='23850'>of</span> <span m='23920'>things</span> <span m='25040'>that</span> <span m='25240'>you</span> <span m='25320'>do</span> <span m='25500'>once</span> <span m='25770'>you</span> <span m='26280'>operate,</span> <span m='26840'>because</span> <span m='28100'>it's</span> <span m='28350'>fun.</span> <span m='30110'>Sometimes</span> <span m='30550'>you're</span> <span m='30660'>demoing.</span> <span m='31360'>Sometimes</span> <span m='31720'>you're loading</span> <span m='31980'>up</span> <span m='32020'>trucks.</span> <span m='32530'>And</span> <span m='32670'>you're</span> <span m='32810'>not</span> <span m='33010'>doing</span> <span m='33410'>the</span> <span m='33490'>same</span> <span m='33820'>thing</span> <span m='34130'>every</span> <span m='34350'>day.</span> <span m='35090'>You</span> <span m='35390'>move</span> <span m='35600'>around,</span> <span m='35950'>do</span> <span m='36040'>different</span> <span m='36420'>things.</span> </p><p><span m='36940'>Well,</span> <span m='37440'>when</span> <span m='37610'>I</span> <span m='37660'>graduated</span> <span m='38070'>high</span> <span m='38240'>school,</span> <span m='38670'>I</span> <span m='39420'>went</span> <span m='39660'>into</span> <span m='39980'>the</span> <span m='40920'>operators'</span> <span m='41360'>union.</span> <span m='42510'>From</span> <span m='42710'>there,</span> <span m='43030'>I</span> <span m='43140'>got</span> <span m='43660'>training.</span> <span m='44240'>And</span> <span m='44630'>I</span> <span m='44720'>joined</span> <span m='45020'>a</span> <span m='45250'>local</span> <span m='45610'>company</span> <span m='45970'>in</span> <span m='46110'>Oakland.</span> <span m='47230'>And</span> <span m='47680'>from</span> <span m='47900'>there,</span> <span m='48110'>I</span> <span m='48180'>just</span> <span m='48740'>kept</span> <span m='48990'>working.</span> <span m='49780'>I've</span> <span m='49940'>been</span> <span m='50170'>working</span> <span m='50440'>for</span> <span m='50600'>three</span> <span m='50820'>other</span> <span m='50990'>companies</span> <span m='51490'>after</span> <span m='51710'>that</span> <span m='51960'>and</span> <span m='52620'>came</span> <span m='52810'>back</span> <span m='53020'>to</span> <span m='53190'>the</span> <span m='53280'>one</span> <span m='53470'>I</span> <span m='53510'>started</span> <span m='53820'>off</span> <span m='53990'>with.</span> </p><p><span m='54540'>Well,</span> <span m='55130'>there's</span> <span m='55600'>different</span> <span m='55950'>steps.</span> <span m='56960'>I got</span> <span m='57200'>sponsored</span> <span m='57730'>into</span> <span m='58040'>the</span> <span m='58150'>union</span> <span m='59020'>from</span> <span m='59240'>the</span> <span m='59370'>company</span> <span m='59720'>that</span> <span m='59850'>I</span> <span m='59890'>started</span> <span m='60160'>working</span> <span m='60520'>off</span> <span m='60730'>with.</span> <span m='62140'>The</span> <span m='62240'>company</span> <span m='63150'>needed</span> <span m='63440'>operators.</span> <span m='64040'>So</span> <span m='64910'>when</span> <span m='65129'>I</span> <span m='65180'>went</span> <span m='65459'>there</span> <span m='65760'>to</span> <span m='66140'>apply,</span> <span m='66660'>they</span> <span m='66950'>sent me</span> <span m='67390'>to</span> <span m='67470'>the</span> <span m='67570'>operators'</span> <span m='67865'>union.</span> <span m='68160'>So</span> <span m='68350'>I</span> <span m='68500'>kind of</span> <span m='68890'>got</span> <span m='69080'>sponsored</span> <span m='69510'>in.</span> </p><p><span m='70140'>Well,</span> <span m='70360'>now I know</span> <span m='70570'>how to</span> <span m='71340'>read</span> <span m='71630'>plans,</span> <span m='72220'>where</span> <span m='72410'>the</span> <span m='73260'>foundations</span> <span m='73920'>go,</span> <span m='74160'>where</span> <span m='74320'>the</span> <span m='74410'>trenches</span> <span m='74860'>go,</span> <span m='75210'>where</span> <span m='75390'>we</span> <span m='75510'>have</span> <span m='75680'>to</span> <span m='75780'>put</span> <span m='75970'>up</span> <span m='76100'>lights.</span> <span m='77180'>And</span> <span m='78080'>I</span> <span m='78190'>know</span> <span m='78310'>how</span> <span m='78440'>to--</span> <span m='78680'>elevations</span> <span m='80010'>and</span> <span 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</p><p><span m='90240'>But</span> <span m='91170'>don't</span> <span m='91380'>give</span> <span m='91580'>up</span> <span m='91840'>because</span> <span m='92470'>they</span> <span m='92700'>tend</span> <span m='92930'>to</span> <span m='93020'>do</span> <span m='93200'>that.</span> <span m='93410'>But</span> <span m='94250'>I</span> <span m='94360'>kept on</span> <span m='94590'>pushing.</span> <span m='95300'>And</span> <span m='96060'>I</span> <span m='96190'>wanted</span> <span m='96420'>to</span> <span m='96560'>learn</span> <span m='96780'>more.</span> <span m='97560'>So</span> <span m='97690'>that's</span> <span m='97900'>the</span> <span m='98000'>thing--</span> <span m='98370'>you're just</span> <span m='98640'>going to have to</span> <span m='98720'>want</span> <span m='98960'>to</span> <span m='99060'>learn</span> <span m='99300'>more</span> <span m='99600'>and</span> <span m='100440'>hop</span> <span m='100710'>on</span> <span m='100880'>every</span> <span m='101390'>piece</span> <span m='101670'>of</span> <span m='102000'>equipment</span> <span m='102530'>that</span> <span m='103060'>you</span> <span m='103230'>can</span> <span m='103460'>possible.</span> </p>","file":{"id":323346,"video_id":"2948062707001","name":"1626-Salvador-p-OperatorEngineer","duration":104955,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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