Operate or tend machinery equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets, to excavate and load loose materials.
- Trenching Machine Operator
- Trencher Driver
- Trench Shovel Operator
- Tram Operator
- Track Hoe Operator
- Tower Excavator Operator
- Stripper Shovel Operator
- Steam Shovelman
- Steam Shovel Operator
- Shovel Operator
- Perform manual labor to prepare or finish sites, such as shoveling materials by hand.
- Drive machines to work sites.
- Adjust dig face angles for varying overburden depths and set lengths.
- Direct ground workers engaged in activities such as moving stakes or markers, or changing positions of towers.
- Measure and verify levels of rock or gravel, bases, or other excavated material.
- Direct workers engaged in placing blocks or outriggers to prevent capsizing of machines when lifting heavy loads.
- Handle slides, mud, or pit cleanings or maintenance.
- Lubricate, adjust, or repair machinery and replace parts, such as gears, bearings, or bucket teeth.
- Create or maintain inclines or ramps.
- Move materials over short distances, such as around a construction site, factory, or warehouse.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: R.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Relationships in their jobs.
- Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
- Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $63,360 with most people making between $36,890 and $98,750
During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,000 people in California. It is projected that there will be 2,300 employed in 2024.
This occupation will have about 30 openings due to growth and about 20 replacement openings for approximately 50 total annual openings.
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