Heavy Equipment Operators are the highly skilled people who operate the heavy equipment on job sites such as buildings, highways, toll ways, municipalities, tunnels, slag, landscaping, power plants, refineries, railroads, quarries and plants that produce rock, sand and gravel. Operating Engineers also do specialized work such as operating all types of cranes, pile drivers, dredging rigs, drillers and concrete pumps.
Being a construction equipment operator can be a rewarding career. It requires good hand-eye coordination and a high level of physical stamina. Working outdoors is one of the advantages of being an operator, but the work is sometimes hazardous, and the equipment can be very noisy.
Often an operator will be required to travel some distance, and cope with irregular hours and meals. When a job is going strong, working six days (or more) a week, 10 hours (or more) a day is not uncommon. However, good operators earn money for their employers and a good income for themselves. Their job security lies in their competency.