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Operating Engineers and Construction Equipment Operators

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This is a Demand OccupationA Demand Occupation is defined as follows.

The hierarchy for qualification is the Regional Demand
(the occupation had a entry wage equal to or greater
than 90% of the Economic Development Region (EDR) negotiated
wage as an average of all LWIA’s in the EDR AND at
least 25 annual average job openings in the EDR);
State Wide (the occupation qualified for at least
5 of the Regional Demands and thus was added to all
ten EDR lists); Career Cluster (the occupation is
listed on at least one of the six career clusters
Illinois has identified as priority [data is available
under the career clusters on the The National
Association of State Directors of Career Technical
Education Consortium website at ]), and Regional
Request (an LWIA received approval of a request to
add an occupation code to its EDR list based on substantiative
data and information supporting a need in the region).
NOTE: Only those occupations with a Source of Regional
Demand or State Wide will be eligible for incentive
bonus award under the Minimum Training Expenditure
policy requirements.

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Operating Engineers and Construction Equipment Operators - Occupation Overview

  • Use cranes, bulldozers, and hoists to move objects short distances
  • Usually work at factory or construction sites
  • May work less during colder months
  • Most train on the job
  • Some train through apprenticeship programs
  • Earn $67,267 per year (Illinois median)
  • Earn $41,870 per year (national median)

Operating engineers and construction equipment operators drive and control machinery used on construction projects.

Operating engineers and construction equipment operators operate several different types of equipment, such as:

  • Cranes
  • Bulldozers
  • Hoists

Operating engineers and construction equipment operators generally use machines to move objects short distances, such as around a factory or construction site. They talk to clients and supervisors and study plans and diagrams.

They make sure all hazards are removed. Utility and power lines must be located and flagged so they don't accidentally cut them. Operators must also make sure that other workers aren't in the way when they begin to use their equipment.

Operator and engineers use a variety of equipment to smooth or grade the ground. They may also dump, remove, or spread rock and earth. To run the machines, they move hand levers and foot pedals. They also operate switches and turn dials.

Operating engineers and construction equipment operators may set up and inspect equipment. They often attach hoses, belts, and other equipment to tractors. They make adjustments as required.

Operating engineers and construction equipment operators do maintenance and make minor repairs on their machines. They also clean and service their equipment. Operators may keep records of the materials they moved. They may do some manual loading and unloading.


    

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