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Employment of all operating engineers is projected to grow about as fast as the average through 2018. Although job growth will be somewhat limited by increased efficiency brought about by automation, there will be many opportunities for operating engineers. Operating engineers will be needed to assist with the repair of highways, bridges, dams, harbors, airports, subways, water and sewage systems, power plants, and transmission lines. Construction of schools, office and other commercial buildings, and residential property will also stimulate demand for these workers. However, the construction industry is very sensitive to changes in the overall economy, so the number of openings may fluctuate from year to year.