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Excavating Machine Operator

Job Summary

Responsible for operating mechanical excavating equipment to move and remove earth.

Primary responsibilities

  • Uses machines to remove earth.
  • Operates dragline, clamshell and other excavating machines.
  • Dumps earth into trucks.
  • Dredges lakes, streams, and swamps; hauls mud.
  • Operates trucks, dump trucks, and bulldozers.
  • Operates landfill compaction equipment.
  • Covers refuse in sanitary landfill.
  • Supervises laborers and equipment operators in excavating work.
  • Uses computer applications or other automated systems such as spreadsheets, word processing, calendar, email and database software in performing work assignments.
  • Prepares etching solution according to formula.
  • Perform activities such as backfilling excavations, vibrating or breaking rock or concrete, and making winter roads.
  • Lubricates, adjusts, and repairs machinery, and replaces parts such as gears, bearings, and bucket teeth.
  • Set up and inspect equipment.
  • Measures and verifies levels of rock or gravel, bases, and other excavated material.
  • Moves materials over short distances, such a around a construction site, factory, or warehouse.

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