Becoming an Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)
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Becoming an Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)

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Also known as Construction Plant Operator (General).
Operates a range of earthmoving plant to assist with building roads, rail, water supply, dams, treatment plants and agricultural earthworks. Registration or licensing is required.
Training time 6 months - 3 years
Avg. weekly wage $1,314
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 3,000

What does an Earthmoving Plant Operator (General) do?

  • preparing and positioning plant for operation
  • selecting, fitting and removing attachments such as buckets, winches, loading scoops, shovel blades and rock breaking hammers
  • operating controls to excavate, break, drill, level, compact, gouge out, move, load and spread earth, rock, rubble, soil and other materials
  • monitoring operation of plant and adjusting controls to regulate pressure, speed and flow of operation, and ensuring safety of other workers
  • raising, lowering and manipulating attachments using manual and hydraulic controls
  • working from drawings, markers and verbal instructions