Equipment Operator

Salary Information:
$16.31 (entry level) - $28.98 (experienced) / hourly

What it is:
Do you have an interest in operating dump trucks, bulldozers or other vehicles classified as heavy machinery?  As a heavy equipment operator, you will learn how to safely use this type of equipment to move construction materials.  This occupation operates equipment that clears and grades land to prepare it for construction of roads, buildings and bridges, as well as airport runways, power generation facilities, dams, levees and other structures.

Work Environment:
Equipment operators work at every type of project in some capacity.

Education Opportunities:
Students can start in high school where programs are available and continue training at technical schools, community colleges, registered apprenticeships or industry training programs.

Mechanical aptitude, experience operating mobile equipment (such as farm tractors), good physical condition, hand-eye-foot coordination.  A commercial driver’s license is often needed to haul equipment.


  • Equipment operators get to work with some of the most expensive and largest construction machinery available.
  • Equipment Operators can make, on average, $46,260 per year.
  • Equipment operators can work on almost any type of construction project.