Just What Does An Operator Do?


The men and women of the Operating Engineers operate and maintain various types of power-driven construction machines, such as bulldozers, cranes, pile drivers, power shovels, derricks, earth graders, loaders, and tractors which dig, scrape and move great amounts of earth or hoist large quantities of building supplies.  Some machines require the operators to turn valves, adjust hand wheels and press pedals to drive the machines and control the attachments.  Other machines, such as cranes, require the constant use of both hands and both feet.  Operating Engineers may also be required to service their machines and move the machine from one construction site to another.