Heavy Equipment Operator
Heavy Equipment Operators operate heavy equipment such as backhoes, loaders, graders, dozers and excavators used in construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, airports, gas and oil pipelines, tunnels, buildings and other structures as well as surface mining and quarrying activities.
Basic Educational Requirement
There is no specific educational requirement for heavy equipment operators. However, most employers prefer to hire high school graduates. Specialized training in heavy equipment operations and maintenance are very essential to heavy equipment operators.
Skills and Competencies
Physical Attributes and Characteristics
Locally, heavy equipment operators receive a monthly salary of P10,000 - P18,000 depending on the industry they belong.
In the US, heavy equipment operators receive a monthly salary of $2,946 to $5,893, again depending on the industry.
In other foreign countries, pay and benefits are definitely higher than local rates.
Prospects for Career Advancement
Most heavy equipment operators starting their career in a particular type of equipment such as bulldozers, backhoes, graders, cranes, etc. However , through experience and advance training, these operators become familiarized and able to operate all types of heavy equipment machineries. Some operators become supervisors and others become trainers of the less skilled heavy equipment operators.
Heavy Equipment Operators work in many different fields. They are often seen on the construction site or in a mining area, but they can also find employment dredging waterways and canals, working on paving projects, excavating rock, loading and unloading cargo or in major assembly lines for massive items.
Typical employers of heavy equipment operators are the following:
There are also various opportunities for overseas employment with job openings to come from Australia, Canada, and the Middle East.
Cost of Training *
The training cost for heavy equipment operators approximately ranges from P4,000 - P6,000 and training duration is about 3 months.
There are also instances that training for heavy equipment operators are usually conducted in-house since employers have the equipment.
* Based on 2007 training rates
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