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Operating Engineer

Operating Engineer

Heavy Equipment Operator — Excavator

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A Heavy Equipment Operator — Excavator operates an excavator, its attachments and ground engaging equipment in various types of projects across multiple industries, such as road construction and maintenance, mining, quarrying, land clearing, forestry, logging, as well as gas and oil. He/she inspects, maintains, transports and operates this equipment and its attachments. Specifically, a Heavy Equipment Operator — Excavator:

  • performs pre-operational inspections, safety and operational checks, preventative maintenance

  • monitors equipment performance

  • loads and unloads, transports, cleans, oils and refills equipment

  • reads and interprets government legislation, site plans and manufacturers’ manuals (i.e. survey indicators)

  • installs, operates and removes attachments (i.e. quick attach, buckets, rakes, levels, tillers, cutters, blades, grapples, pushers, vibrators and breakers)

  • performs operations, such as excavating, grading, ramp building, stockpiling, backfilling and towing, ensuring maximum productivity

  • checks grades, performs cut and fil operations, backfills trenches and excavations, creates slopes, creates mass excavations, clears land, strips surface materials, stockpiles and places materials, lifts materials, performs logging and surface mining operations, perform demolitions, bales snow.

  • communicates through various techniques including hand signals

Operating Engineer
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