July 2012

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) citing their 2020 employment forecasts heavy equipment operators are listed at number 4,that is out of 101 career opportunities. These projections are for the next five to 10 years,Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said that this line of work can absorb the most employees over the next decade,these are "in-demand" and "hard to fill" .Baldoz said that the basic skills that are needed can be obtained through graduating from a heavy equipment school or completing an on-the-job program from an employer that offers it.The qualifications are either a high school diploma or a GED,and a graduate of an approved program.

Basic knowledge that is needed are safe operation of a variety of equipment,some basic maintenance,hand signals or and radio communication,site planning, soil knowledge, ground conditions,basic map reading,and being able to read,shoot and check grade.Most common pieces that are used on the job site are Backhoe,Bulldozer,grader and crane.

Compensation depends on a wide variety of issues,where,when,who and who the client is,stating pay is usually between $3,500 and $6,500 a month.foreign work is available and the range in compensation is even wider than domestic work but it always is at least fifty percent more than here in the states.

Secretary Baldoz said that the opportunities are increasing in all of the heavy equipment construction areas but mining has seen the most in the last three years,their are a lot of mines that have reopened in the last two years because of the price of gold and silver.When the extraction costs exceed the spot price of the metals you are mining it makes no sense to keep digging,so when the price of gold fell below $600.00 per ounce , their were a lot of mines that shut down,with the price of gold between $1,500 and $1,700 per ounce those mines are now opening back up.

These web sites are advertising jobs for heavy equipment operators at $19.00 to $24.00 per hour,www.rigzone.com and www.StromEngineering.com for bulldozer and backhoe operators.

The Associated General Contractors said that heavy construction added 2000 jobs in June compared to the 14,000 that were added in May it looks a little dismal,but anything on the plus side is good news.

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