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Do you want to operate heavy equipment in engineering and construction projects? Heavy equipment operators clear and grade land for the construction of roads, buildings, and bridges, manufacturing facilities, power generation facilities, dams, levees, and other structures. A heavy equipment operator operates heavy equipment used in engineering and construction projects.

Qualifications:  Heavy equipment operators have good mechanical aptitude, experience operating mobile equipment (such as farm tractors), good physical condition, good sense of balance, hand-eye-foot coordination. A commercial driver’s license is often needed to haul equipment to various jobsites.

Education:  Most employers require a high school diploma or equivalent and on-the-job training. Three to four years of classroom and on-the-job training is common. Additional training and certification information is available at the North American Heavy Equipment Training Services.

Average Salary: $58,429 Annual; $28.09 Hourly (Source: Build Your Future)

Go to the Craft Labor Map to learn how many heavy equipment operators will be needed in your state over the next three years.