Bulldozer Operators operate bulldozers using blades and other attachments to gouge out, level and move materials in construction, forestry, mining and other projects.

Specialisations: Scraper Operator (Earthmoving).

You can work as a Bulldozer Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in civil construction plant operations might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Prepares and positions bulldozers for operation.
  • Selects, fits and removes attachments such as loading scoops, shovel blades and rippers
  • Operates controls to excavate, break, gouge out, move, load and spread materials including earth, rock, rubble and soil.
  • Monitors operation of the bulldozer and adjusts controls to regulate pressure, speed and flow of operation while ensuring safety of other workers.
  • Raises, lowers and manipulates attachments using manual and hydraulic controls.
  • Works from drawings, markers and verbal instructions.
  • Services, lubricates, cleans, refuels and performs minor adjustments or repairs to the bulldozer.

All Earthmoving Plant Operators

  • $1,491 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Bulldozer Operators

  • 1,500 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 57 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Bulldozer Operators (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 1,600 in 2011 to 1,500 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Bulldozer Operators work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Mining; Construction; and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 57 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (56%).
  • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Mining44.5
Construction28.7
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing8.0
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4.9
Other Industries13.9

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateBulldozer OperatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW23.331.6
VIC8.925.6
QLD43.520.0
SA3.47.0
WA17.210.8
TAS2.22.0
NT1.01.0
ACT0.51.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketBulldozer OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.2-5.05.0
20-243.0-9.39.3
25-3417.0-22.922.9
35-4422.8-22.022.0
45-5426.5-21.621.6
55-5912.3-9.09.0
60-649.9-6.06.0
65 and Over7.2-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationBulldozer OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree0.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma1.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV28.2-21.121.1
Year 1212.8-18.118.1
Year 117.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below49.6-12.512.5

You can work as a Bulldozer Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in civil construction plant operations might be helpful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • Dozer ticket
  • construction induction card (white card)
  • forklift licence
  • manual drivers licence
  • medium rigid (MR) driver's licence
  • heavy ridged (HR) driver's licence
  • national police check
  • Psychometric or aptitude tests

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Employers look for Earthmoving Plant Operators who are reliable and hardworking.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Building and construction

    61% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  2. Mechanical

    53% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  3. Administration and management

    47% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  4. Public safety and security

    47% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  5. Education and training

    46% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    96% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  2. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    93% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    92% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    90% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  5. Very hot or cold temperatures

    89% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2073.00 - Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators.

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