Worker wearing a hard hat operating a lift

Operating Engineers & Construction Equipment Operators 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.

Sample of reported job titles: Back Hoe Operator, Engineering Equipment Operator, Equipment Operator, Heavy Equipment Operator, Loader Operator, Machine Operator, Motor Grader Operator, Operating Engineer, Operator, Track Hoe Operator

Local Characteristics

  • Median Wage of $20.25/hr (+20% from 2015)
  • 259 Employed Locally
  • Projected Growth, 2018-2023: 15%
  • Retirement Risk: 23% of Local Employees Aged 55+
  • Gender Diversity: 2% of Local Employees are Female

NCRC/WorkKeys Targets*


Graphic Literacy
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Training and Prep

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*In 2017 NCRC/WorkKeys test names were revised from the older titles of Applied Math, Reading for Information, and Locating Information.