Excavators are one of societies most essential pieces of heavy equipment. Water, gas, and waste water are all delivered to and from homes through underground pipes. Whilst I’m sure we could go back to the good old pick and shovel, it’s a very slow process. Excavators can do in one hour what it takes a team of men all day to achieve, and with fewer accidents.
Modern equipment now utilizes the most up-to-date technology – this includes GPS, computers and lasers. An excavator operator can dig a hole to a precise depth and width. If they have plans that show where pipes are, an experienced operator can unearth those pipes without causing any damage. We are also seeing an increase in other underground services such as electricity and telephone. One false move by an operator and we could have all of our services cut in an instant. Fortunately, accidents such as this are rare.
Whilst digging trenches is the realm of an excavator, there are other tasks. An excavator can be fitted with a wide range of attachments making it a useful tool in jobs such as demolition work. Excavators are also one of the most important pieces of equipment in mining, mind you, a mining excavator is huge compared to those you see on building sites.
It only takes a few of weeks of training to become an excavator operator. Excavator operators are well paid and there are always plenty of opportunities available. If you think about it, we are always going to need excavators if we want underground services, and that means there will always be opportunities for excavator operators.