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Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Equipment Operator field.
IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33598Equipment Engineering TechnicianMale30 $80,000Allen, TX01/01/2010
33515Heavy Equipment OperatorMale26 $60,000Yorktown, VA01/01/2010
33466Maintenance EngineerFemale33 $56,000fort smith, NY01/01/2010
33453OperatorMale55 $48,000Columbus, NY01/01/2010
33454Tow Truck OperatorFemale30 $49,000Hyannis, NY01/01/2010

Overview

Equipment operators are specialists trained to successfully run a particular type of complex equipment or machinery. Most equipment operators are trained in one of three different categories of equipment: commercial motor vehicle operation, crane operation, or heavy equipment operation.

Most operators learn their professions through apprenticeships, certification programs, or on-the-job training, although specific types of large equipment, such as commercial motor vehicles, may require special licensing. Those seeking to become equipment operators can typically begin their training after earning a high school diploma or equivalent, as no advanced educational qualifications are required.

Equipment operators may work for construction companies or in the manufacturing field. Many commercial motor vehicle operators are owner/operators, which makes it possible to work as an independent contractor. Operators frequently work irregular hours and will work in all weather conditions. An equipment operator may work on building a road, the building of residential or commercial properties, and other construction projects. Employment is expected to grow for equipment operators as new infrastructure spending raises the demand for skilled operators of heavy equipment.

We have profiles of equipment operators created from the professional experiences of people in the field. You can learn about the real-world experience of equipment operators and what they do on a day-to-day basis in order to determine if this career is of interest to you. Browse our career profiles below for more information.


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