Earthmoving Plant Operators (General) operate a range of earthmoving plants to assist with building roads, rail, water supplies, dams, treatment plants and agricultural earthworks.

Also known as: Construction Plant Operator.

You can work as an Earthmoving Plant Operator (General) 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

  • Selects, fits and removes attachments such as buckets, winches, loading scoops, shovel blades and rock breaking hammers.
  • Operates controls to excavate, break, drill, level, compact, gouge out, move, load and spread earth, rock, rubble, soil and other materials.
  • Monitors operation of plant and adjusts controls to regulate pressure, speed and flow of operation, and ensure safety of other workers.
  • Raise, lower and manipulate attachments using manual and hydraulic controls.
  • Service, lubricate, clean and refuel plant and perform minor adjustments and repairs.

More about Earthmoving Plant Operators

All Earthmoving Plant Operators

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

Earthmoving Plant Operators (General)

  • 4,100 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 91% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 49 hours Average full-time
  • 48 years Average age
  • 3% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Earthmoving Plant Operators (General) (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 7,000 in 2011 to 4,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Earthmoving Plant Operators (General) work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Construction; Public Administration and Safety; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (91%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 48 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (60%).
  • Gender: 3% 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)
Construction72.6
Public Administration and Safety17.5
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2.4
Mining1.9
Other Industries5.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateEarthmoving Plant Operators (General)All Jobs Average
NSW27.331.6
VIC20.425.6
QLD27.320.0
SA7.07.0
WA12.810.8
TAS3.42.0
NT1.11.0
ACT0.61.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketEarthmoving Plant Operators (General)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.5-5.05.0
20-241.9-9.39.3
25-3415.4-22.922.9
35-4422.6-22.022.0
45-5430.1-21.621.6
55-5913.9-9.09.0
60-649.5-6.06.0
65 and Over6.2-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 QualificationEarthmoving Plant Operators (General)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree2.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV39.5-21.121.1
Year 1212.8-18.118.1
Year 116.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below32.8-12.512.5

You can work as an Earthmoving Plant Operator (General) 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:

  • high risk work licence
  • forklift licence
  • manual drivers licence
  • medium rigid (MR) driver's licence
  • heavy ridged (HR) driver's licence
  • national police check
  • Psychometric or aptitude tests

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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Employers look for Earthmoving Plant Operators who are reliable and hardworking.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

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

  1. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

    96% Important

    How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

  2. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    93% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    92% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  4. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    90% Important

    How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

  5. Very Hot or Cold Temperatures

    89% Important

    How often do you work in very hot or very cold temperatures (above 32 or below 0 degrees Celsius)?

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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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