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Plant Operator (Earthmoving)

Earthmoving Plant Operators operate a variety of earthmoving plant to assist in the construction of dams, railroads, roadways, agricultural earthworks, and treatment plants. Though no formal education is necessary, licensing or registration is required. Earthmoving plant operators sometimes work in physically taxing environments.

Duties and tasks

  • Fit appropriate attachments necessary to complete jobs
  • Operate controls of plant and monitor its progress on the job
  • Operate plant to break up pavement and other obstructions, excavate earth, move and load debris, rocks, and earth, and smooth, level, and compact structures in
  • preparation for construction projects, etc.
  • Prep and position plant for operation
  • Work from markers, verbal instructions, and drawings

Skills required

  • Ability to work in all types of outdoor environments
  • Experience in the field and on-the-job training is often required
  • Good physical condition preferable
  • No formal education is required
  • Registration or licensing may be required

Working conditions

Plant Operators may work in loud and dirty outside environments. They may be required to work in many different types of weather, even if it is unpleasant. Typical work hours are observed, though plant operators sometimes work in various other shifts as well.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Institute of Building
Master Builders Australian

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