Construction Equipment Operator

Job Description

Construction equipment operators drive the heavy machinery that is used in order to build roads, bridges, buildings, and other structures.

Education Required

For most construction operating jobs a high school diploma is enough. However, some people need to take a class to learn how to operate a certain machine.

Median Wage

Construction Equipment Operators make $40,980 per year which is $19.70 per hour.

Work Week

They work a full work week, but many work irregular and long hours in order to get the job done faster.

Working Conditions

Construction Equipment Operators work in any kind of weather conditions. They are mostly outside and are doing hands-on activities. Because of this, they often get very dirty throughout their shift.
Career Choices - Heavy Equipment Operator


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Construction Equipment Operators, on the Internet at (visited March 13, 2015).