Ditcher Operator

Operate railcar-mounted toothed buckets to scoop fallen rocks from ditches.
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Salary Range
$26,000 – $71,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Ditcher Operators do?

Operates railcar-mounted toothed bucket to scoop fallen rock from ditches beside railroad track for removal to landfill area. Moves levers to guide bucket to scooping and dumping areas and dumps load in designated areas. Stops or resumes operation in response to railroad traffic signals.

Should I be a Ditcher Operator?

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

  • Also known as: Ditching Machine Operator

    How to become a Ditcher Operator

    Most Ditcher 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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