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Earthmoving plant operators

Earthmoving plant operators operate plant to excavate earth, ore and rock, break up pavement, road, rock and obstructions, move and load earth, rock and debris, and level, smooth and compact surfaces in construction and other projects.

What is plant?

'Plant' is a general name for any machinery, equipment, appliance, implement or tool and any component, fitting or accessory. It can include things as diverse as presses in a foundry, underground drill jumbos in mining and photocopiers in an office.

What do earthmoving plant operators do?

  • prepare and position plant for operation
  • select, fit and remove attachments such as buckets, winches, loading scoops, shovel blades and rock breaking hammers
  • operate controls to excavate, break, drill, level, compact, gouge out, move, load and spread earth, rock, rubble, soil and other materials
  • monitor plant and adjust controls to regulate pressure, speed and flow of operation, and ensure safety of other workers
  • work from drawings, markers and verbal instructions
  • service, clean and refuel plant and perform minor adjustments and repairs


projected job openings


qualified full-time wage


employed full-time

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