Operating Engineers

Operating engineers operate and repair all types of heavy equipment, including bulldozers, motor graders, scrapers, front-end loaders, compressors and shovels. These men and women work behind the scenes to help shape the skylines we see in our communities today.

Compensation Information

Salary Information

$50,250

Entry Level Salary

$71,600

Average Salary

$82,280

Experienced Salary

+13.67%

Increased Job Outlook
(2016-2026)
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Work Conditions

Outdoor, varying weather

Skills Needed

Strong math, mechanical ability, hand/eye/foot coordination, comfortable with heights

Relevant Classes

  • General math

  • Technology

  • English/communication

  • Shop classes

Education and Training

  • 4-year apprentice program

  • 6,000 hours of on-the-job training

  • 400 classroom hours

  • 400 unpaid hours

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