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OPERATING ENGINEERS AND OTHER CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT OPERATORS
 
Occupation Description:
 
  Operate one or several types of power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, pumps, derricks, shovels, tractors, or front-end loaders to excavate, move, and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard surface pavement. May repair and maintain equipment in addition to other duties. Excludes “Crane and Tower Operators" (53-7021) and “Extraction Workers” (47-5000).
 
Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • Learn and follow safety regulations.
  • Take actions to avoid potential hazards or obstructions, such as utility lines, other equipment, other workers, or falling objects.
  • Adjust handwheels and depress pedals to control attachments, such as blades, buckets, scrapers, or swing booms.
  • Start engines, move throttles, switches, or levers, or depress pedals to operate machines, such as bulldozers, trench excavators, road graders, or backhoes.
  • Locate underground services, such as pipes or wires, prior to beginning work.
  • Monitor operations to ensure that health and safety standards are met.
  • Align machines, cutterheads, or depth gauge makers with reference stakes and guidelines or ground or position equipment, following hand signals of other workers.
 
Skills:
 
 
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems..
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly..
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action..
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions..
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed..
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it..
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools..
 
Knowledge:
 
 
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads..
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance..
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources..
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions..
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications..
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models..
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services..
 
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Education & Training:
 
  Moderate-term on-the-job training (1 to 12 months)
 
Wage Information:
 
 
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $66,294.00 $31.87 $21.78 $23.94 - $37.50
Bridgeport/Stamford $65,846.00 $31.65 $24.19 $26.32 - $36.94
Danbury $70,279.00 $33.79 $26.72 $29.22 - $38.50
Hartford $67,364.00 $32.39 $22.73 $24.83 - $37.12
New Haven $72,582.00 $34.89 $20.90 $23.41 - $44.46
New London/Norwich $61,575.00 $29.61 $22.35 $23.40 - $35.20
Waterbury $54,064.00 $26.00 $20.60 $21.22 - $30.16
Torrington $59,293.00 $28.50 $21.68 $22.43 - $33.70
      
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Occupation Outlook:
 
 
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2014 2024
State of Connecticut 3,050 3,320 0.8% 78
 
 
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities.
Key:
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
 
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