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 340,950 operating engineers employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Operate various types of power-driven construction machines such as shovels, cranes, tractors, bulldozers, pile drivers, and concrete mixers
Alternate Title(s) Bulldozer Operators, Crane and Tower Operators, Excavation and Loading Machine Operators, Hoist and Winch Operators
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Excellent
Work Environment Primarily Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but the largest number of workers are employed in Texas, Pennsylvania, California, New York, and Ohio
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship or on-the-job training
Skills
  • Building/Trades
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Realistic
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Construction Manager
  • Job Supervisor
  • Machine Operator
  • Machine Operator Apprentice
  • Machine Operator Helper

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