Earthmoving Plant Operators

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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.

Fun facts

  • 1625 Weekly Pay Before Tax
  • 86% full-time Full-Time Share
  • 2% female Gender Share


There are many tasks done by earthmoving plant operators. A few are listed below:

  • preparing and positioning plant for operation
  • selecting, fitting and removing attachments such as buckets, winches, loading scoops, shovel blades and rock breaking hammers
  • operating controls to excavate, break, drill, level, compact, gouge out, move, load and spread earth, rock, rubble, soil and other materials
  • monitoring operation of plant and adjusting controls to regulate pressure, speed and flow of operation, and ensuring safety of other workers
  • raising, lowering and manipulating attachments using manual and hydraulic controls
  • working from drawings, markers and verbal instructions
  • servicing, lubricating, cleaning and refuelling plant and performing minor adjustments and repairs

Specific occupations

  • Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)
  • Backhoe Operator
  • Bulldozer Operator
  • Excavator Operator
  • Grader Operator
  • Loader Operator
  • Construction Plant Operator (General)
  • Scraper Operator (Earthmoving)
  • Hydraulic Rockbreaker Operator
  • Trench Digging Machine Operator
  • Bobcat Operator
  • Front-end Loader Operator