Mobile Plant Operator

Can you see yourself in the operator’s seat of a dozer pushing tons of earth, a giant excavator digging deep holes, or a front-end loader lifting huge granite blocks?

Mobile plant operators work with heavy machinery used on construction sites and roadworks. The machinery includes 360 degree excavators, bulldozers and front-end loaders for moving earth; static tower cranes, mobile and rough terrain cranes for lifting and moving materials; and compactors such as rollers used for flattening out work areas. Operators also use forklifts to move or load building materials.

In addition to driving and operating plant machinery, operators change buckets and other attachments, maintain equipment and carry out daily safety checks.  A dogger may work with the operator at ground level, checking the position and depth of an excavation, or directing the operator by signals or radio when visibility is restricted.

Major employers in the construction industry include earthmoving and civil construction contractors, private developers and government authorities.  Work projects vary in size and location with sites located in the city, suburbs, country and sometimes in remote areas.

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