Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining:

Operate or tend machinery at surface mining site, equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets to excavate and load loose materials.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $46,980.00
Average Time to Fill 0 days
Typical Education High school equivalency
Typical Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2021-2031) 867
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2021-2031) 1.09 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Technology and Tool Usage
Following Directions
Information Gathering
Work Ethic
Critical Thinking
Resource Management
Oral Communication
Written Communication

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Performing General Physical Activities

Move heavy objects in construction, extraction, or mining settings
Move materials, equipment, or supplies
Stack containers, materials, or products
Build masonry structures including kilns or furnaces
Erect supports and hangers for equipment and piping
Install glass in windows, skylights, or other structural surfaces
Install sheet metal assemblies in supportive framework
Install storm, sanitation, or water piping systems above and below ground
Install prefabricated building components
Install wooden structural components such as sub flooring, rough framing, or partitions
Build structures in construction, repair, or manufacturing setting
Install siding or sheeting materials
Install drywall, plasterboard, or wallboard
Construct wooden frameworks or structures
Install roofing materials such as shingles, tile, slate, or asphalt
Install construction support structures such as lathing, back up frames, or metal studs
Install shock-absorbing or acoustical paneling or tiles on wall or ceiling
Move construction or extraction materials to locations where they are needed
Load/Unload containers, materials, or products
Install safety or support equipment
Collect money from machines
Lay masonry material such as brick, block, paver, stone, or tile
Mark reference points or cutting lines on workpieces
Apply plaster, stucco, or joint compound mixtures to walls or ceilings
Repair prefabricated wooden building components
Repair cracks, defects, or damage in installed building materials
Remodel residential or commercial structures
Perform concrete fabrication
Assemble temporary equipment or structures
Erect scaffold on work site
Repair metal frameworks or structures
Remove tools, equipment, casings, or pipe from wells
Dig holes or trenches
Move heavy objects in transportation or shipping environments
Load shipments, belongings, or materials
Clean work areas
Load/Unload materials used in construction or extraction
Clean work sites
Launder machine and hand-washable items
Clean fabrics or apparel
Immerse objects or workpieces in cleaning or coating solutions
Clean building walls or flooring
Clean equipment or supplies
Install monitor and extraction wells
Identify production related safety procedures
Load/Unload materials or equipment
Remove debris or damaged materials
Clean furniture or fixtures
Remove stains from fabric or carpet
Attach moisture barrier sheeting over construction surfaces
Prepare work environment to assure proper ventilation and personal protection

Handling and Moving Objects

Set-up heavy construction equipment
Don/Doff construction, extraction, or mining related Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Position material handling equipment
Set-up production equipment or machinery
Position construction or extraction equipment
Align machines or equipment to ensure positioning and levelness for work
Adjust industrial, manufacturing, or production equipment
Assemble equipment or components
Prepare building surfaces for paint, finishes, wallpaper, or adhesives
Polish stone or concrete using a surfacing machine
Prepare sites or surfaces for concrete, masonry, or related construction work
Load/unload material, products, or workpieces into or from machinery or equipment
Position safety or support equipment
Prepare explosives for detonation
Operate pipe fitting equipment
Prepare excavation or extraction sites for commissioning or decommissioning
Operate garment treatment equipment
Smooth garments or fabric with irons, presses, or steamers
Prepare fabrics or materials for processing or production
Fill money changers in vending machines
Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance
Connect hoses to equipment or machinery
Assemble electronic, electrical, or electromechanical equipment
Cut masonry material such as stone, tile, or brick
Cut construction material
Dismantle equipment or temporary structures
Don/Doff industrial, production, or manufacturing related Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Reassemble production or manufacturing equipment after repair
Perform basic plumbing
Install water or sewer treatment plant equipment
Install attachments to machinery or related structures
Collect samples for analysis or testing
Dismantle/Reassemble rigging
Set mechanical or electrical controls or components
Drill holes in earth or rock for activities such as blasting
Perform basic carpentry
Install drilling equipment
Load materials into construction equipment
Cut fabric or leather material
Install electronic power, communication, or control equipment or systems
Apply grouting or mortar
Mix masonry materials such as mortar, grout, slurry, or concrete
Construct electrical parts or fixtures
Package goods for shipment or storage
Install electronic equipment, components, or systems
Wrap products for preservation, protection, safety, and stability

Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment

Maintain construction machinery or equipment
Lubricate machinery, equipment, or parts
Maintain mining machinery or equipment
Clean material moving tools, equipment, or machinery
Maintain extraction or excavation equipment
Maintain drilling equipment
Maintain general production equipment
Maintain work tools or equipment
Maintain physical building or grounds of property
Complete routine building maintenance
Clean mining tools, equipment, or machinery
Level machines, equipment, or structures
Align machines, equipment, or structures
Clean installation, maintenance, or repair tools, equipment, or machinery
Lubricate production equipment
Maintain material moving equipment in good working condition
Maintain welding machines or equipment
Maintain manufacturing equipment
Repair construction machinery or equipment
Clean construction or extraction related tools, equipment, or machinery
Clean janitorial, house keeping, or grounds keeping tools, equipment, or machinery
Replace malfunctioning or worn mechanical components
Perform preventative maintenance on manufacturing equipment
Clean clothing or textile-working tools, equipment, or machinery
Clean textile, fabric, or garment related tools, equipment, or machinery
Maintain mechanical machinery or implements
Repair mining machinery or equipment
Tighten/Loosen nuts, bolts, and fasteners
Repair mechanical equipment or machinery
Repair finish hardware such as locks or hinges
Maintain commercial, cargo, or passenger vehicle
Repair production equipment or tools

Controlling Machines and Processes

Operate power or hand tools
Operate mining equipment or machinery
Operate heavy construction equipment
Operate pumps or compressors
Operate packaging or banding machine or equipment
Control HVAC equipment
Extract core samples from well hole
Operate ore refining or foundry equipment
Move earth or debris for roads, construction, or related projects
Operate laundering or dry cleaning equipment
Grade earth for roads or other construction
Control operation of compressors
Operate drilling equipment
Operate industrial production equipment
Prepare plant for startup and/or shutdown
Operate pneumatic tamper to patch pavement or tamp earth
Operate pneumatic tools
Operate steam press
Operate spray application production equipment
Operate precision test equipment
Operate industrial testing equipment
Operate cleaning equipment
Operate excavation equipment
Operate power driven pumps, equipment, or systems

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates

Direct construction or extraction personnel
Direct material handling or moving activities
Direct natural resources extraction or mining projects
Manage industrial production activities or processes
Oversee testing or construction of prototype
Coordinate operational activities
Generate work orders
Manage site preservation plan
Manage building maintenance projects
Direct construction activities
Coordinate production maintenance activities
Establish priorities for employees
Direct construction of mine shafts or tunnels
Coordinate material handling or movement
Manage organizational or program policies
Manage quality control activities
Supervise construction related personnel or contractors
Manage individual and organizational contracts
Supervise heavy equipment personnel
Supervise industrial, production, or manufacturing personnel
Direct renewable energy production operations
Assign work to staff or employees
Manage project teams
Supervise maintenance workers

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Monitor construction, extraction, or mining equipment operation to detect problems
Detect installation, maintenance, or repair concerns by listening for abnormalities
Monitor drilling, mining, or other extraction operations
Monitor repairs or maintenance to enforce standards
Monitor construction operations
Monitor production or manufacturing equipment operation to detect problems
Monitor operation of drilling equipment
Ensure conformance to building regulations
Monitor transportation operations to ensure compliance with regulations or standards
Monitor loading processes to ensure procedural compliance
Monitor production operations to ensure compliance with regulations or standards
Maintain consistent production quality
Monitor performance of others
Monitor operation of mail preparation or handling machines
Manage security for visitors or employees
Monitor conditions of production operations
Monitor assembly quality
Inspect production environment operations and processes
Observe equipment in operation to detect potential problems
Monitor contract performance
Detect industrial, production, or manufacturing equipment malfunctions by listening for abnormalities

Equal Opportunity is the Law. (La Igualdad De Oportunidad Es La Ley.)
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