Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)

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
Average pay $80,252
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 1,300

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

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate II in Civil Construction
Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations
Course in Workplace Spotting for Service Assets
Certificate III in Local Government (Operational Works)
Certificate IV in Local Government (Operational Works)