Operate or tend machinery equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets, to excavate and load loose materials.
- Perform manual labor to prepare or finish sites, such as shoveling materials by hand.
- Drive machines to work sites.
- Adjust dig face angles for varying overburden depths and set lengths.
- Direct ground workers engaged in activities such as moving stakes or markers, or changing positions of towers.
- Measure and verify levels of rock or gravel, bases, or other excavated material.
- Direct workers engaged in placing blocks or outriggers to prevent capsizing of machines when lifting heavy loads.
- Handle slides, mud, or pit cleanings or maintenance.
- Lubricate, adjust, or repair machinery and replace parts, such as gears, bearings, or bucket teeth.
- Create or maintain inclines or ramps.
- Move materials over short distances, such as around a construction site, factory, or warehouse.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: R.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Relationships in their jobs.
- Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
- Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $44,960 with most people making between $32,510 and $60,800
During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,960 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 2,000 employed in 2024.
This occupation will have about 4 openings due to growth and about 26 replacement openings for approximately 30 total annual openings.
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