Pile-Driver Operators
SOC: 47-2072.00

Description:

Operate pile drivers mounted on skids, barges, crawler treads, or locomotive cranes to drive pilings for retaining walls, bulkheads, and foundations of structures, such as buildings, bridges, and piers.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
3,700 employed

Projected (2024):
4,300 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:

  • Crane Operator
  • Diesel Pile Hammer Operator
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Hoisting Pile Driving Engineer
  • Hydraulic Pile Hammer Operator
  • Hydraulic Press-In Operator
  • Nozzle Operator
  • Operating Engineer
  • Pile Driver
  • Pile Driver Engineer
  • Pile Driver Operator
  • Pile Driving Nozzleman
  • Pile Driving Superintendent
  • Pile Driving Technician
  • Vibratory Pile Driver


  • 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
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • 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
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Move hand and foot levers of hoisting equipment to position piling leads, hoist piling into leads, and position hammers over pilings.
  • Conduct pre-operational checks on equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Drive pilings to provide support for buildings or other structures, using heavy equipment with a pile driver head.
  • Move levers and turn valves to activate power hammers, or to raise and lower drophammers that drive piles to required depths.
  • Clean, lubricate, and refill equipment.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Allen wrenches
  • Chain slings
  • Diesel hammers
  • Digital ammeters
  • Digital torque wrenches
  • Emergency first aid equipment
  • Excavator mounted pile drivers
  • Extension ladders
  • Filter wrenches
  • Fixed leads
  • Four-point harnesses
  • Global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Gravity drop hammers
  • Ground release shackles
  • Hand-operated pumps
  • Hoisting equipment
  • Hour meters
  • Hydraulic impact hammers
  • Life jackets
  • Lifting sling
  • Lubricant dispensing funnels
  • Mobile radios
  • Multipurpose fire extinguishers
  • On-board computers
  • Pile driving analyzers
  • Pile driving equipment
  • Pile extractors
  • Pile threaders
  • Portable air compressors
  • Portable generators
  • Protective ear muffs
  • Quick-disconnect hose couplers
  • Ratchet release shackles
  • Remote control pendants
  • Rope taglines
  • Safety goggles
  • Saximeters
  • Spreader beams
  • Swinging leads
  • Wire ropes
  • Data entry software
  • Email software
  • Global positioning system GPS software
  • GRL Engineers Wave Equation Analysis Program GRLWEAP
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Pile Dynamics Case Pile Wave Analysis Program CAPWAP
  • Pile Dynamics Pile Driving Analyzer PDA software


  • construction and extraction


    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580