Earthmoving Plant Operator

Often working in conjunction with other physical and construction labourers, Earthmoving Plant Operators run machinery to move and excavate earth, break up pavement, and smooth out other surfaces in preparation for construction projects. Earthmoving plant operators may also be known as backhoe, bulldozer, excavator, grader, or loader operators.

Duties and tasks

  • Adjusting controls of machinery to match project specifications
  • Choosing attachments to fit the task at hand
  • Following verbal or written instructions
  • Maintaining and repairing complex machinery
  • Manipulating controls to break up pavement or excavate earth

Skills required

  • Ability to listen closely to follow exact instructions
  • Basic mechanic skills to maintain and repair machinery as needed
  • Good concentration and focus on the task at hand
  • Smooth hand-eye coordination for operation of machinery
  • Solid communication skills to work with others to complete jobs

Working conditions

Like other physical and construction labourers, the workplace of an Earth-moving Plant Operator varies based on the type of job. Construction jobs can involve highway repair, work on entirely new buildings, or repairs on older buildings. Weather conditions are an important aspect of the job, but will also vary based on each labourers location.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Institute of Building AIB is the leading institute for building and construction professionals 

Master Builders Australian Master Builders is the major Australian building and construction industry association 

Related jobs and job titles

  • Bricklayer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bulldozer
  • Concreter
  • Construction Manager / Worker
  • Excavator
  • GraderLoader operators
  • Project Manager