Heavy Equipment Operator
Specialize in operating massive construction machinery, like bulldozers.
In the movies, giant trolls pick up and move heavy, bulky objects from place to place. Unfortunately, these mythical creatures are hard to find outside of a movie set. Instead, Overhead Crane Operators handle the job. An Overhead Crane Operator uses a large machine, and a team of helpers, to move objects on construction sites and in warehouses.
As an Overhead Crane Operator, you work with one of two types of machine. One machine has a plastic-enclosed cab that you sit in while you operate the crane. The other has a series of external buttons and levers that you operate via remote control.
Before you begin work, you determine where the items are now, and where they need to be moved. In addition, you try to get a feel for how heavy the objects are. Trying to lift objects that are heavier than the crane could spell disaster, so you’re allowed to take your time on your calculations.
Once you’ve developed a plan, you attach the crane’s cables to the load and you operate levers to lift the object. Flaggers on the ground notify you when you can turn your crane, when you should move forward, and when you should stop. When you’ve reached your destination, you use different levers to drop the load.
At the end of the workday, you look over your crane and make sure it’s in good operating condition. Small problems, such as a frayed cable or a slightly worn belt, can be repaired on the spot, but major ones, such as burning oil or overheating engines, might necessitate a call to the Mechanic.