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Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)

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.


Tasks Include:


  • 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
Job prospects for Earthmoving Plant Operators in Victoria

Occupations in the Earthmoving Plant Operators group include Backhoe Operator, Bulldozer Operator, Earthmoving Plant Operator (General), Excavator Operator, Grader Operator and Loader Operator.

Employment prospects
There are currently 10,100 Earthmoving Plant Operators in Victoria. Over the next five years, the size of this relatively large occupation is expected to decline. Employment prospects for the next five years are stable.

Average weekly wage
$1,166.80

Hourly earnings
$30.60

For more information about this occupation at a national level visit the Job Outlook website. External link

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