Excavating and Loading Machine Operators Job Description video

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Want the “scoop” on an interesting and challenging job? Consider Excavating and Loading Machine Operators. These are the people who operate machinery equipped with scoops, shovels or buckets. They are called upon to excavate for the mining or construction industries. Or they may be needed to dredge up dirt from the bottoms of waterways. Another part of the job may entail loading ore and other loose material. The skills to become an excavating and loading machine operator can be learned through vocational training at a technical school or through on the job training. A high school diploma is often preferred, but usually the worker just needs to be 18 years old and physically able to perform the work. Some employers require drug testing or background checks before employment. In addition to operating the equipment, you will need to know how to do equipment maintenance to keep your machinery in good working order. That means being able to repair machinery and replaces parts, such as gears, bearings, and bucket teeth. The work demands good coordination and the ability to concentrate, despite the distractions of a noisy work environment. You’ll need to be able to follow written instructions, as well as hand signals. You’ll also need to be able to work outdoors under various weather conditions. Ungainly as they may look, under skillful guidance, these powerful machines can be made to perform with tremendous grace.

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