Earthmoving Plant Operator 

As a earthmoving plant operator, you operate a range of earthmoving plants to assist with building roads, rail, water supplies, dams, treatment plants and agricultural earthworks.

Similar roles include a backhoe operator, bulldozer operator, excavator operator, grader operator and loaded operator. 




  • Outdoor work 
  • No formal qualification required 
  • Physical work 

A typical day may involve:

  • 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
  • raising, lowering and manipulating attachments using manual and hydraulic controls
  • monitoring operation of plant and adjusting controls to regulate pressure, speed and flow of operation, and ensure safety of other workers
  • servicing, lubricating, cleaning and refuelling plant and performing minor adjustments and repairs

It helps to be good at:

  • Using tools and machines 
  • Communicating clearly
  • Working with others

Qualifications/pathway options:

  • Cert II Civil Construction
  • Cert III Civil Construction
  • Cert III Civil Construction Plan Operations
  • Traineeship
  • Apprenticeship

You may be able to work in:

  • Construction 
  • Government 

Related Roles 

  • Driller

  • Paving Plant operator

  • Machine or plant Operator 


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