Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 53-7032 Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators
Operate or tend machinery equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets, to excavate and load loose materials. Exclude "Dredge Operators" (53-7031).
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Move levers, depress foot pedals, and turn dials to operate power machinery, such as power shovels, stripping shovels, scraper loaders, or backhoes. Set up or inspect equipment prior to operation. Observe hand signals, grade stakes, or other markings when operating machines so that work can be performed to specifications. Become familiar with digging plans, machine capabilities and limitations, and with efficient and safe digging procedures in a given application. Operate machinery to perform activities such as backfilling excavations, vibrating or breaking rock or concrete, or making winter roads. Create and maintain inclines and ramps, and handle slides, mud, and pit cleanings and maintenance. Lubricate, adjust, or repair machinery and replace parts, such as gears, bearings, or bucket teeth. Move materials over short distances, such as around a construction site, factory, or warehouse. Measure and verify levels of rock or gravel, bases, or other excavated material. Receive written or oral instructions regarding material movement or excavation. Adjust dig face angles for varying overburden depths and set lengths. Drive machines to work sites. Perform manual labor to prepare or finish sites, such as shoveling materials by hand.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $15.29   Entry $31,812.00
Mean $21.09   Mean $43,869.00
Experience $23.99 Experience $49,897.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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