Excavator Operator

Operates heavy excavation plant to excavate, move and load earth, rock and rubble. Registration or licensing is required.
Training time 6 months - 1.5 years
Average pay $66,184
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 4,800

What does an Excavator Operator 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


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Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate II in Civil Construction