What do Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators do?
Operate or tend machinery equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets, to excavate and load loose materials.
- Move levers, depress foot pedals, and turn dials to operate power machinery, such as power shovels, stripping shovels, scraper loaders, or backhoes.
- Set up or inspect equipment prior to operation.
- Observe hand signals, grade stakes, or other markings when operating machines so that work can be performed to specifications.
- Become familiar with digging plans, machine capabilities and limitations, and with efficient and safe digging procedures in a given application.
- Operate machinery to perform activities such as backfilling excavations, vibrating or breaking rock or concrete, or making winter roads.
- Create and maintain inclines and ramps, and handle slides, mud, and pit cleanings and maintenance.
- Lubricate, adjust, or repair machinery and replace parts, such as gears, bearings, or bucket teeth.
- Move materials over short distances, such as around a construction site, factory, or warehouse.
- Measure and verify levels of rock or gravel, bases, or other excavated material.
- Receive written or oral instructions regarding material movement or excavation.
- Adjust dig face angles for varying overburden depths and set lengths.
- Drive machines to work sites.
- Perform manual labor to prepare or finish sites, such as shoveling materials by hand.
- Direct ground workers engaged in activities such as moving stakes or markers, or changing positions of towers.
- Direct workers engaged in placing blocks or outriggers to prevent capsizing of machines when lifting heavy loads.
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