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Excavating and Loading Machine Operators

Operate machines to remove and load loose material.

Quick Facts


Above the statewide median
$28.27 / hour    Read more about wages


Above statewide average
Growth rate:  8.3%    Read more about outlook


High School or less is typically required.

On the Job:

Typical Work Tasks
  • Operate excavation equipment.
  • Inspect material-moving equipment to detect problems.
  • Receive information or instructions for performing work assignments.
  • Signal others to coordinate vehicle movement.
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