What Equipment Operators Do

Equipment is a huge part of almost any construction project, residential or commercial, and includes bulldozers, excavators, forklifts, skid-steers, and of course, cranes.

Construction equipment operators use machinery to move both materials and earth before and during the construction process.  They clear the site, drive piles for the foundation, and move materials around the site as needed.  Another part of this job involves setting up and inspecting equipment, and may also include making adjustments, performing maintenance, or minor repairs.  Due to the increasing use of computerized controls, understanding of electronics and mechanical aptitude is critical.

How Much Can I Earn?

As an entry-level equipment operator, you might start at $8-$10 per hour.  As you learn and increase your skill set, you can quickly advance to $16 per hour, or more.  An experienced operator can make upwards of $55,000 a year!

What Can I Expect from a Career Operating Construction Equipment?

Equipment operation is a critical and complex process, and takes a highly-skilled person that can concentrate and focus on the task at hand.  There is a good demand for operators throughout the country.  Operators typically work outdoors and may work irregular hours to keep pace with the project.  Equipment operators need to be in good physical condition, have good balance, be able to judge distances, and should not have a fear of heights.  When first starting out, equipment operators will handle light machinery under the supervision of an experienced operator.  With time and experience, operators can advance to heavier equipment such as bulldozers and cranes.

Is there a school near me?  YES!

We have educational centers in:

  • Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Effingham, IL
  • Rockford, IL
  • Pearl City, IL
  • Bloomington, IL
  • Quincy, IL
  • New Lenox, IL

How do I Get Started?

Call us today at 847-709-2960, or fill out the form on the right and we will contact you ASAP to get you started!

If you are not in Illinois, you can also contact your local ABC Chapter for information in your area on training and job opportunities.  There are 75 ABC Chapters nationwide; you can find a complete listing at www.abcil.org.