Operating Engineers

Operating engineers operate various types of power-driven construction machines such as shovels, cranes, tractors, bulldozers, pile drivers, concrete mixers, and pumps. There are approximately 404,500 operating engineers employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Outdoors
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Technical/Shop
  • Building/Trades
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Realistic
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required