An equipment operator is responsible for the operation of the heavy equipment in order to assist in the building, maintenance and repair of structures. Job responsibilities of an equipment operator include the operation of equipment including driving, running, and navigation, the inspection of the equipment, the maintenance of the equipment, adherence to the safety standards of the work environment, reviewing information related to the equipment, and recording any maintenance done on the equipment.
A high school diploma is required in order to be an equipment operator. Helpful job skills include physical fitness, good communication skills, knowledge of the equipment and machinery, being a strong team player, active listening skills, good judgement and attention to detail. The future job market outlook for an equipment operator is strong and increasing.