Bulldozer Operator

Move mountains of rocks and demolish light buildings with your bulldozer.

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Salary Range
$26,000 – $71,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Bulldozer Operators do?

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!


Should I be a Bulldozer Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.

  • Also known as: Angledozer Operator, Angle Dozer Operator, Back Hoe Operator, Blade Operator, Bulldozer Engineer, Bush Hog Operator See More

    How to become a Bulldozer Operator

    Most Bulldozer Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:95aaaa&chl=no+college+%2852%25%29|certificate+%2848%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,52,52
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