Mobile plant operators drive backhoes, bulldozers, excavators, front-end loaders, graders, scrapers, skid-steer loaders, rollers and forklift trucks to level, excavate, move and load earth, rock and other material.
Duties & Tasks
Mobile plant operators may perform the following tasks:prepare machines for operationload and unload equipment from low loaders and move it around worksitesselect, change and operate special attachments such as winches, scrub clearers, rippers, pile drivers and rock-breaking hammerswork from drawings and markers under the direction of supervisors and engineersback-fill trenchesbreak up paving, rock and similar material by operating hydraulic or pneumatic breakersexcavate or scrape earth, rock or rubble to the correct level and alignmentload trucks with excavated filldrive machines to and from worksites service equipment by cleaning, lubricating and refuelling it, and make minor adjustments and repairs when necessarymaintain duty of care for other users and work to occupational health and safety requirements.
The work conditions for mobile plant operators can be hot, muddy, dusty and noisy, but most earthmoving machines have soundproofed and air conditioned cabs for the operator.
- enjoy practical and manual activities able to follow precise instructions able to work as part of a team able to cope with the physical demands of the job good eyesight (may be corrected) good hand-eye coordination able to work without supervision.