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 operation
load and unload equipment from low loaders and move it around worksites
select, change and operate special attachments such as winches, scrub clearers, rippers, pile drivers and rock-breaking hammers
work from drawings and markers under the direction of supervisors and engineers
break up paving, rock and similar material by operating hydraulic or pneumatic breakers
excavate or scrape earth, rock or rubble to the correct level and alignment
load trucks with excavated fill
drive machines to and from worksites
service equipment by cleaning, lubricating and refuelling it, and make minor adjustments and repairs when necessary
maintain 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.