Inside Equipment Operator Careers

Things you need to know, but nobody tells you

Biggest Surprises

"Construction Is Awesome...
How fun it actually is. I really enjoy what I do" (Construction; 2014)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in Ohio, male
School: Studied Social Sciences at Ohio University in Ohio; completed Associate degree in 2008

Best & Worst Things About This Career

Construction Operator: "The best part of the job is actually doing the work. When things are running smoothly, it can be a very efficient operation. The worst parts are dealing with challenging spots for digging. Tight traffic areas often have little room to maneuver. Because of this, traffic may get backed up, the honking starts and I have to figure out what to do. Although I consider myself fairly good with people, it can be difficult dealing with frustrated drivers. In addition, many people in the area DO NOT want a new sewer line. It's just another bill to them. I'm often the face of a crew that people in the neighborhood just don't want to have around. Dealing with frustrated people is a challenge." (2011)

Career Background

Equipment Operator

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Career Tips

"Get Experience...
Get lots of experience before trying to operate a machine. Ask the older operators they know lots of tips and tricks" (Construction; 2014)

"Construction Knowledge Might Save Your Job...
1. Learn as much about the construction field as you can. The career is highly competitive and the more things you learn, the better your job security. 2. If possible try to find a job locally. Rising gas prices have made traveling a more expensive proposition than it used to be. 3. Doing my particular job takes greater people skills than I first imagined. Learning to be diplomatic and cheerful, even under high stress, is a MUST." (Construction Operator; 2011)