Excavator Operator

An excavator is a bit like the Tyrannosaurus Rex of the construction industry. King of the machinery. It’s strong neck rears up and bears down; its massive steel jaws chew and grind through tonnes of earth, concrete and steel.

An excavator operator skilfully controls and drives these beasts, digging, moving and loading earth, rock or other materials. They dig trenches within minute tolerances for installation of services such as water, gas and drainage. They break ground and clear sites for new construction projects, manoeuvre the machines in restricted spaces, tear down decommissioned structures and load trucks safely and efficiently.

Suggested pathway into excavator operation:
  • Certificate II in Civil Construction

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On the job training
Accredited Certificate
Apprenticeship/Trade Certificate
Diploma/Advanced Diploma
Tertiary Degree

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