Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators
SOC: 53-7032.00

Description:

Operate or tend machinery equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets, to excavate and load loose materials.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
53,900 employed

Projected (2024):
57,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Aerial Tram Operator
  • Air Shovel Operator
  • Back Digger Operator
  • Back Filler Operator
  • Back Hoe Machine Operator
  • Back Hoe Operator
  • Backhoe Operator
  • Clam Shovel Operator
  • Coal Equipment Operator
  • Diesel Scoop Operator
  • Dragline Oiler
  • Dragline Operator
  • Earth Moving Machine Operator
  • Earth Moving Technician
  • Electric Scoop Operator
  • Electric Shovel Operator
  • Equipment Operator
  • Excavator
  • Excavator Backhoe Operator
  • Excavator Operator
  • Foundation Digger
  • Gas Shovel Operator
  • Grave Digger
  • Harvester Operator
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Horseback Excavator
  • Hydro Excavation Operator
  • Loader Operator
  • Mechanical Shovel Operator
  • Mucking Machine Operator
  • Operator
  • Payloader Machine Operator
  • Payloader Operator
  • Pit Operator
  • Pit Shovel Operator
  • Plunger Scoop Operator
  • Plunger Shovel Operator
  • Power Digger Operator
  • Power Shovel Operator
  • Scoop Driver
  • Scoop Operator
  • Septic Tank Installer
  • Septic Tank Setter
  • Shovel Operator
  • Steam Shovel Operator
  • Steam Shovelman
  • Stripper Shovel Operator
  • Tower Excavator Operator
  • Track Hoe Operator
  • Tram Operator
  • Trench Shovel Operator
  • Trencher Driver
  • Trenching Machine Operator


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Move levers, depress foot pedals, and turn dials to operate power machinery, such as power shovels, stripping shovels, scraper loaders, or backhoes.
  • Set up or inspect equipment prior to operation.
  • Observe hand signals, grade stakes, or other markings when operating machines so that work can be performed to specifications.
  • Become familiar with digging plans, machine capabilities and limitations, and with efficient and safe digging procedures in a given application.
  • Operate machinery to perform activities such as backfilling excavations, vibrating or breaking rock or concrete, or making winter roads.
  • Lubricate, adjust, or repair machinery and replace parts, such as gears, bearings, or bucket teeth.
  • Move materials over short distances, such as around a construction site, factory, or warehouse.
  • Measure and verify levels of rock or gravel, bases, or other excavated material.
  • Receive written or oral instructions regarding material movement or excavation.
  • Adjust dig face angles for varying overburden depths and set lengths.
  • Drive machines to work sites.
  • Perform manual labor to prepare or finish sites, such as shoveling materials by hand.
  • Direct ground workers engaged in activities such as moving stakes or markers, or changing positions of towers.
  • Direct workers engaged in placing blocks or outriggers to prevent capsizing of machines when lifting heavy loads.
  • Create or maintain inclines or ramps.
  • Handle slides, mud, or pit cleanings or maintenance.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Backhoes
  • Claw hammers
  • Compact excavators
  • Computer terminals
  • Crawler mounted draglines
  • Dump trucks
  • Engineers' levels
  • Flatbed truck trailers
  • Forklifts
  • Front end loaders
  • Grading buckets
  • Grapplers
  • Grease guns
  • Hand levels
  • Hydraulic excavators
  • Laser levels
  • Lifting slings
  • Locking pliers
  • Measuring tapes
  • Mini excavators
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Power augers
  • Protective ear muffs
  • Respirators
  • Rock crushers
  • Rock trucks
  • Safety goggles
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Skip loaders
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Telescoping excavators
  • Tire pressure gauges
  • Tracked excavators
  • Walking draglines
  • Wheel blocks
  • Wheel loaders
  • Wheeled excavators
  • Wireless touch screen monitors
  • Email software
  • Machine control systems
  • Machine monitoring software
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software


  • transportation and material moving


    industry stats

    SOC: 53-0000

    Total Employed: 9,536,610

    Average Annual Salary: $35,160