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.
You can work as a mobile plant operator without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. You can also become a mobile plant operator through a traineeship in Surface Extraction Operations, Mobile Crane Operations or Civil Construction Plant Operations. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Mobile plant operators may perform the following tasks:
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.
Major employers include earthmoving and civil construction contractors, private developers, mining and minerals processing companies and government authorities. Work projects vary in size and location. Sites may be located in the city, suburbs or country and are sometimes in remote areas. Some plant operators may own and operate equipment on a contract hire basis, although the cost of equipment is high.