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Heavy Equipment Operators, Crane Operators, and Truck Drivers
Job Description

Heavy Equipment Operator

Heavy equipment operators are responsible for operating many different types of heavy equipment, including front end loaders, motor graders, excavators, bulldozers, backhoes, scrapers, and more, to assist in the erection of structures as well as pour concrete and other hard surface pavement, move and grade, and excavate earth. They may also repair and maintain heavy equipment. Other duties might be necessary as well.

Tasks/Activities

General work activities and specific tasks include:

  • Operates heavy equipment: includes running, maneuvering, navigating, and driving
  • Inspects heavy equipment: includes structures and materials; identifies causes of errors and other problems or defects
  • Monitors information: includes materials, events, or environment; detects or assesses problems associated with heavy equipment
  • Reviews information related to heavy equipment
  • Identifies information: includes categorizing, estimating, and recognizing differences or similarities in heavy equipment; detects changes in circumstances or events

Commercial Truck Driver

Commercial truck drivers are responsible for driving tractor trailers or a commercial truck that can carry a load of at least 26,000 GVW. They transport and deliver livestock, consumer goods, livestock, liquid materials, manufactured goods, or other items. Drivers may also be required to load and unload cargo. This occupation requires a commercial drivers license.

Tasks/Activities

General work activities and specific tasks include:

  • Operates commercial trucks: includes running, maneuvering, navigating, and driving vehicles or mechanical equipment; includes forklifts as well as passenger vehicles
  • Inspects trucks: includes structures and materials; identifies causes of errors and other problems or defects
  • Performs physical activities: includes activities that require the use of arms and legs; includes activities such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stopping, and materials handling
  • Identifies information: includes categorizing, estimating, and recognizing differences or similarities in commercial trucks; detects changes in circumstances or events

Crane Operator

Crane operators operate mechanical and lattice boom cranes as well as cable or tower and cable equipment. They lift and move machines, materials, or products with various types of cranes. This occupation excludes "Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators."

Tasks/Activities

General work activities and specific tasks include:

  • Cleans crane mechanisms: includes lubricating and maintaining mechanisms such as cables, pulleys, and grappling devices
  • Determines load weights: includes checking weights against lifting capacities; works to prevent equipment overload
  • Inspects crane equipment: includes structures or materials; identifies causes of errors and other problems or defects
  • Operates various types of cranes: includes running, maneuvering, navigating, and driving equipment
  • Uses hand and arm signals: includes installing, positioning, handling, and moving materials; also includes manipulating things with crane equipment.

*NCCCO - Associated Training Services fully endorses the national certification program offered by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), and will prepare candidates for the CCO certification examinations.
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