Operating Engineers

An Operating Engineer is a skilled professional who operates heavy machinery and equipment in various construction and industrial settings. Operating Engineers are responsible for the safe and efficient operation of heavy equipment, which can include bulldozers, excavators, cranes, backhoes, loaders, pavers, and other construction and industrial machinery. Their work is essential to a wide range of projects, including road construction, building construction, excavation, demolition, and maintenance of infrastructure.

About The Trade

Operating engineers in unionized trades require a combination of technical skills, safety knowledge, and teamwork abilities to operate heavy machinery and equipment efficiently and safely. These skills are essential for various industries, including construction, manufacturing, and transportation. Here are some key skills and qualifications needed for operating engineers in unionized trades:

  • Equipment Operation: Proficiency in operating heavy machinery and equipment, such as bulldozers, excavators, cranes, forklifts, and loaders. This includes the ability to start, operate, and maneuver equipment safely and efficiently.
  • Safety Awareness: Knowledge of safety protocols and procedures to prevent accidents and ensure a safe work environment. This includes understanding and following Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and industry-specific safety guidelines.
  • Mechanical Aptitude: A good understanding of the mechanical systems and components of heavy equipment, as well as the ability to perform routine maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Technical Skills: Familiarity with equipment controls, hydraulic systems, electrical systems, and other technical aspects of heavy machinery operation.
  • Spatial Awareness: Strong spatial awareness and hand-eye coordination to operate equipment safely in tight spaces, around obstacles, and in various weather conditions.
  • Problem-Solving: The ability to identify and resolve issues that may arise during equipment operation, such as mechanical problems or unexpected obstacles.
  • Physical Fitness: Operating engineers often have physically demanding jobs, so they need to be in good physical condition to handle the rigors of the job.
  • Blueprint Reading: Basic knowledge of blueprint reading and understanding construction plans to ensure that work is carried out accurately and according to specifications.