Material moving machine operators use machines to move earth, mining products, and other heavy loads.
Material moving machine operators set up and inspect material moving equipment. They operate the equipment and move materials according to a schedule or production plan. When necessary, they make minor repairs to their machinery. They also record materials they move and where it was moved to and from.
Material moving machine operators operate several types of machines:
Industrial truck and tractors
Industrial truck and tractor operators move materials around warehouses, storage yards, and worksites. Their trucks are usually called forklifts.
Excavating and loading machine and draglines
These machines have scoops or shovels. They dig sand and earth and load them onto conveyors to be transported elsewhere.
Dredge operators excavate waterways. They remove material from harbors so that ships can navigate waterways. Sometimes they help to restore wetlands and rebuild beaches.
Underground mining loading machines
Operators use these machines to load coal, ore, and other rocks onto shuttles. These mine carts will be transported out of a mine.
Crane and tower equipment
Crane and tower operators use towers and cable to lift and move materials, cargo, and other heavy objects at construction sites or major ports.
Hoist and winch equipment
Hoist and winch operators control the movement of platforms, cables, and cages used move workers at worksites such as high-rise construction sites. Some work in industrial sites.
Conveyor operators operate machines that move materials on an automatic belt. They move materials to and from places in a mine or production facility.