Derrick Operator

Operate derricks to move equipment or materials to and from quarries.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$29,000 – $79,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Derrick Operators do?

Operates electric-, diesel-, gasoline-, or steam-powered guy-derrick or stiff-leg derrick, to move products, equipment, or materials to and from quarries, storage areas, and processes, or to load and unload trucks or railroad cars: Pushes and pulls levers and depresses pedals to raise, lower, and rotate boom and to raise and lower load line in response to signals. May inspect and lubricate cables, pulleys, guides, and drums. May be known according to material moved as Log-Yard Derrick Operator; or equipment controlled as Stiff-Leg Derrick Operator.

Should I be a Derrick Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Deck-Engine Operator, Derrick-Barge Operator, Derrickman, Floating-Derrick Operator, Log-Yard Derrick Operator See More

    How to become a Derrick Operator

    Most Derrick Operators have a Certificate or no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:98baaa&chl=no+college+%2850%25%29|certificate+%2849%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,50,50
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