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Heavy Equipment Operator

A heavy equipment operator drives and operates heavy equipment used in engineering and construction projects. Typically only skilled workers may operate heavy equipment and there is specialized training for learning to use heavy equipment.

Much publication about heavy equipment operators focuses on improving safety for such workers. The field of occupational medicine, researches and makes recommendations about safety for these and other workers in safety-sensitive positions.

Heavy equipment refers to heavy-duty vehicles specially designed for executing construction tasks most frequently ones involving earthwork operations. They are also known as heavy machines, heavy trucks, construction equipment, engineering equipment, heavy vehicles or heavy hydraulics. They usually are comprised of five equipment systems: implement traction, structure, power train, control and information. Heavy equipment functions through the mechanical advantage of a simple machine meaning  the ratio between input force applied and force exerted is multiplied. Currently most equipment use hydraulic drives as a primary source of motion.

These subdivisions in this following order are the standard heavy equipment categorization. Some contractors place numbers on the side of their equipment corresponding to the category - Grader '02' - followed by a sequential number that usually corresponds to the number it was purchased, for example, 02-112, is the 112th grader a company has purchased since their founding. This allows for easy recognition of the equipment type and the relevant age.

Track-type

  • Agricultural tractors

  • Air-track

  • Bulldozer

  • Snowcat

  • Track skidder

  • Track-type tractors (Bulldozer)

  • Tractor

  • Military engineering vehicles

Grader

  • Grader

SkidSteer

  • Skid steer loader

Excavator

  • Compact excavator

  • Dragline excavator

  • Dredging

  • Excavator (wheel)

  • Excavator (bagger, digger)

  • Slurry wall excavator

  • Front shovel

  • Reclaimer

  • Steam shovel

  • Suction excavator

  • Trencher (machine)

  • Yarder

Backhoe

  • Backhoe loader, Backhoe

Timber

  • Feller buncher

  • Harvester

  • Skidder

  • Track harvester

  • Wheel forwarder

  • Wheel skidder

PipeLayer

  • Pipelayer

Scraper

  • Fresno scraper

  • Scraper

  • Wheel tractor-scraper

Mining

  • Construction & mining tractor

  • Construction & mining trucks

 

Articulated

  • Articulated hauler

  • Articulated truck

  • Water wagon

Compactor

  • Wheel dozers – soil compactors

Soil stabilizer

  • Loader

  • Loader

  • Skip loader (skippy)

  • Wheel loader (front loader, integrated tool carrier)

Track Loader

  • Track loader

Material Handler

  • Aerial work platform / Lift table

  • Boomtruck

  • Cherry picker

  • Crane

  • Forklift

  • Knuckleboom loader (trailer mount) & Knuckleboom loader (trailer mount)

  • Reach stacker

  • Telescopic handlers

Paving

  • Asphalt paver

  • Asphalt plant

  • Cold planer

  • Concrete batch plant

  • Cure rig

  • Paver

  • Pneumatic tire compactor

  • Roller (road roller or roller compactor)

  • Slipform paver

  • Vibratory compactor, Compactor

  • Stomper:concrete drop hammer

Underground

  • Roadheader

  • Tunnel boring machine

  • Underground mining equipment

Hydromatic Tool

  • Ballast tamper

  • Attachments

  • Drilling machine

  • Pile driver

  • Rotary tiller (rototiller, rotovator)

  • Venturi-mixer

Highway

  • Dump truck

  • Highway 10 yard rear dump

  • Highway bottom dump (stiff), pup (belly train), triple

  • Highway end dump and side dump

  • Highway transfer, Transfer train

  • Highway transit-mixer

  • Lowboy (trailer)

  • Street sweeper

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