On the Job
Pile-Driver Operators run pile drivers that are mounted on skids, barges, or other structures. They drive pilings for retaining walls, bulkheads, or foundations.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
- Operate heavy-duty construction or installation equipment.
- Inspect equipment or tools to be used in construction or excavation.
- Position structural components.
- Maintain construction tools or equipment.
- Clean equipment or facilities.
Typical Working Conditions
- Working outdoors exposed to weather.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Exposure to sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Working with a group or team.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Exposure to hazardous equipment.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Making decisions that impact co-workers or company results.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
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