Operates or tends machinery at surface mining site, equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets to excavate and load loose materials.
This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway.
A person in this career:
- Moves levers, depresses foot pedals, and turns dials to operate power machinery, such as power shovels, stripping shovels, scraper loaders, or backhoes.
- Sets up or inspects equipment prior to operation.
- Becomes familiar with digging plans, machine capabilities and limitations, and efficient and safe digging procedures in a given application.
- Observes hand signals, grade stakes, or other markings when operating machines so that work can be performed to specifications.
- Operates machinery to perform activities such as backfilling excavations, vibrating or breaking rock or concrete, or making winter roads.
- Receives written or oral instructions regarding material movement or excavation.
- Moves materials over short distances, such as around a construction site, factory, or warehouse.
- Creates or maintains inclines or ramps.
- Lubricates, adjusts, or repairs machinery and replaces parts, such as gears, bearings, or bucket teeth.
- Handles slides, mud, or pit cleanings or maintenance.