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
Ways to get started
Ways to get started
You can start training to become an earthmoving plant operator while you’re still at school, and it might even help you get your SACE.
Make an appointment to talk to your career counsellor or VET coordinator to find out how you can start today.
Are you ready to begin your career right now?
Do you want to earn money, gain independence and learn practical skills in a real workplace?
You can start working to become an earthmoving plant operator now through a traineeship. You’ll get hands on experience as an earthmoving plant operator while studying a nationally recognised qualification. All you need to do is find an employer to take you on.
Here are some places to start:
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