Heavy equipment operators are essential to modern life. They perform tasks that most of us aren’t willing to do and that most of us aren’t qualified to do. Here are six essential things heavy equipment operators do every day.
- Build roads – From the time that President Eisenhower started building the Interstate highway system–and even before that–America’s roads have been constructed by men (and women) who power the heavy equipment that make it possible.
- Dig basements – If you live in the northern part of the United States, you likely have a basement. Someone has to dig it out, for a basement is nothing more than a hole in the ground filled with concrete walls. Heavy equipment operators dig those holes.
- Dig trenches – Before water and sewer lines can be laid, there have to be trenches does to lay them in. Heavy equipment operators dig those trenches. If you like drinking water and appreciate where your waste goes, thank a heavy equipment operator.
- Grade parking lots – Have you ever watched a heavy equipment operator smooth out a piece of land. They were likely grading a parking lot. This is one of the many important tasks heavy equipment operators perform every day, and that includes driveways.
- Haul dirt, rocks, and other materials – Dump trucks carry dirt that heavy equipment operators pull out of a trench, basement hole, or piece of land being excavated.
- Lift things – Crane operators can lift a man to work on a highway, lift heavy objects like timber and box crates full of cargo, and perform other tasks that involve using heavy equipment to reach new heights.
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