Construction Equipment Operators

Military Career

General Information

Description

Construction equipment operators perform or manage the use of bulldozers, cranes, graders, and other heavy equipment in military construction. They manage daily activities devoted to the construction and maintenance of concrete and asphalt runways, structural systems and wooden, masonry, metal, and concrete buildings, aircraft parking aprons, and roads. They direct and coordinate the efforts of crews in the use of earth moving, quarrying, well, mixing, asphalt batching, and paving equipment. They also oversee demolition efforts and ensure adherence to environmental regulations.

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Work Environment

Construction equipment operators work outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions. They often sit for long periods and are subject to loud noise and vibrations. They may work indoors while repairing equipment.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Other Specialty Trade Contractors
  • Utility System Construction
  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Construction Equipment Operators in the Military

22,456

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Salary

Average Salary

$53,073

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 66%
  • Post-secondary certificate 18%
  • Less than high school 13%
  • Some college 1%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Job training for construction equipment operators consists of classroom and on-the-job instruction, including practice in operating construction equipment. Training content varies depending on specialty, and may include: Operation of different types of construction and rough terrain equipmentPreventive maintenance and repair of equipmentGeneral construction principles and informationIdentification of soil types and placement of grade stakesShop operations and record keeping

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Knowledge

  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Administration and Management
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Education and Training

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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