Heavy Equipment Operator Skills List

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When you're applying for jobs, there are certain skills that employers expect applicants for heavy equipment operator jobs to have.

Here's a list of skills employers seek in the candidates they hire. Skills will vary based on the job for which you're applying, so also review our list of skills listed by job and type of skill.

Heavy Equipment Operator Skills List

A - K

  • Accuracy
  • Applying Emergency Procedures
  • Arm and Hand Strength
  • Assessing Hazards
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cleaning Equipment
  • Concrete Finishing
  • Coordinating Machine Actions with other Activities in Response to Signals from Crew Members
  • Documenting Completed Work Orders
  • Following Directions
  • Hauling off Debris from Job Sites
  • Inspecting Equipment Before and After Use
  • Interpreting Work Orders

L - N

  • Learning To Operate New Equipment Quickly
  • Leveling Surfaces with Graders
  • Loading and Unloading Balers and Trucks
  • Logging Hours and Activities according to DOT's Commercial Driving Regulations
  • Maneuvering  Backhoe
  • Manipulating Hydraulic Sheer Machines
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Marking and Striping Curbs, Parking Lots and Roadways
  • Mechanical Reasoning
  • Mounting and Dismounting
  • Moving Dirt Rocks and other Materials Using a Bulldozer

O - R

  • Operating Cranes
  • Operating Forklifts
  • Operating Hydraulic Fracturing Equipment
  • Operating Tailgates, Hoppers and Packers
  • Parking
  • Patching and Paving Roads 
  • Performing Routine Maintenance on Equipment
  • Precision
  • Preparing Scrap Iron to be Shipped
  • Quickly and Repeatedly Adjusting Machine Controls
  • Read and Interpret Drawings
  • Reliability 
  • Removing Fuel Tanks
  • Removing Road Pavement
  • Running a Bush Hog

S - Z

  • Spatial Relations
  • Starting Up and Shutting Down Equipment
  • Strictly Adhering to Safety Standards
  • Taking an Organized Approach to Projects
  • Teamwork
  • Testing Repaired Equipment
  • Tolerating Repetitive Arm and Hand Movements
  • Training Other Operators
  • Utilizing Track Hoe Truck to Dig Trenches
  • Verbal Communication
  • Visual Acuity
  • Working in Adverse Conditions
  • Working Weekends
  • Writing Work Orders for Repairs

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