Heavy Equipment Operator

What Does A Heavy Equipment Operator Do?

Material moving machine operators use machinery to transport various objects. Some operators move construction materials around building sites or excavate earth from a mine. Others move goods around a warehouse or onto container ships.

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How Do I Become A Heavy Equipment Operator?

These jobs generally only require a high school diploma, because this work may be learned on-the-job.

What is the Average Salary For A Heavy Equipment Operator?

High – 56,000
Median – 35,000
Low – 25,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Heavy Equipment Operator?

  • Trade-related courses
  • Communication

What Is The Work Environment For A Heavy Equipment Operator?

Material moving machine operators work indoors and outdoors in a variety of industries and weather conditions.  Some of these jobs can also potentially be dangerous.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Heavy Equipment Operator?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada