Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators
Operate or tend machinery equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets, to excavate and load loose materials.Number of Jobs in 2010: 727
Number of Jobs in 2020: 758
Yearly Job Growth Rate: 4.3
Annual Openings: 25
Entry Wage: $13.40
Median Wage: $17.32
Education Requirement: Less than high school
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- Move levers, depress foot pedals, and turn dials to operate power machinery, such as power shovels, stripping shovels, scraper loaders, or backhoes.
- Set up or inspect equipment prior to operation.
- Become familiar with digging plans, machine capabilities and limitations, and with efficient and safe digging procedures in a given application.
- Observe hand signals, grade stakes, or other markings when operating machines so that work can be performed to specifications.
- Operate machinery to perform activities such as backfilling excavations, vibrating or breaking rock or concrete, or making winter roads.
- Receive written or oral instructions regarding material movement or excavation.
- Move materials over short distances, such as around a construction site, factory, or warehouse.
- Create or maintain inclines or ramps.
- Lubricate, adjust, or repair machinery and replace parts, such as gears, bearings, or bucket teeth.
- Handle slides, mud, or pit cleanings or maintenance.
- Direct workers engaged in placing blocks or outriggers to prevent capsizing of machines when lifting heavy loads.
- Measure and verify levels of rock or gravel, bases, or other excavated material.
- Direct ground workers engaged in activities such as moving stakes or markers, or changing positions of towers.
- Adjust dig face angles for varying overburden depths and set lengths.
- Drive machines to work sites.
- Perform manual labor to prepare or finish sites, such as shoveling materials by hand.
Indivduals currently working as Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators can easily transition into any of the occupations lisated below.
- Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators
- Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
- Dredge Operators
- Highway Maintenance Workers*
- Pile-Driver Operators
- Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
- Fence Erectors
- Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators*
- Crane and Tower Operators
* The occupation mentioned is in demand in the state of Maine, and is projected to employ new workers each year.
Occupational data obtained from the Maine Department of Labor and O*NET
Last updated on January 29, 2013