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.
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.
Moderate-term on-the-job training
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