Heavy Equipment Mechanic
Repair and maintain big tools like backhoes, fire trucks, and cranes.
A Bulldozer Operator is in charge of a bulldozer—a special tractor outfitted in front with a broad upright blade that’s used for clearing and smoothing ground. Capable of pushing boulders, soil, clay, sand, and vegetation, and of demolishing walls, sheds, and even small houses, bulldozers are ideal for use at construction sites, battlefields, mines, quarries, farms, and disaster zones.
Whatever the job—tearing down an old garage or clearing a construction site—your routine as a Bulldozer Operator involves showing up at the job site early, inspecting and cleaning the equipment, then driving, digging, and demolishing under the direction of your Supervisor, who is usually a Construction Foreman.
Like other Heavy Equipment Operators, such as Excavator Operators and Scraper Operators, the job of a Bulldozer Operator is more than “operating” equipment. It’s also regulating it, as your number one priority is always safety. That requires enforcing safety standards, mitigating risks, providing safety gear, and monitoring the job site for potential hazards. It also means maintaining the equipment: It’s your job to fix the bulldozer when it breaks, or send it to a Bulldozer Mechanic, and to secure and store it at the end of every day.
It’s not called a “bulldozer” for nothing: The tractor is a bull and you’re a Bull Rider, paid to mount and tame it as part of a construction rodeo!