Of all the heavy equipment operator jobs, that of a grader operator is often the most demanding, especially when it comes to working to a plan and precision. If you look at a finished stretch of road, the line, the angles, and even the slight slope (or camber) is there because of the finishing work of a grader operator. Bulldozers will level out the ground, gouging out a stretch that will eventually become a road. A range of heavy equipment could be involved in either removing or adding material to that bare strip of road, but it’s the role of a grader operator to prepare the surface for finishing.
Grader operators of today have it a little easier than those of generations past. Laser leveling and GPS help to keep their equipment on track while the laser leveling also helps to keep the blades at the right angle. The grader operator’s role is highly important – once they have completed their task, the finishing equipment like asphalt layers and rollers get to work turning that prepared surface into a useable road.
While building roads is a major role for grader operators, it is not their only role. Leveling ground for construction and clearing snow are two areas that see operators in high demand at different times of the year. There are two components that go in to making a first class grader operator – experience and their initial training – and the two do go hand in hand. You can have years of experience, however, if your training was of poor quality, you may find that you have developed very poor skills in key areas.
ATS Heavy Equipment Training Schools are committed to delivering quality training that future operators can depend on as a base to build on. When you enter the work place, you will have the skills required to undertake entry level work, and as you develop those skills through experience you will be developing good skills that will help you establish a long and successful career. When it comes to heavy equipment training for a career, never accept second best. If you do, you’re developing second best skills.