Profession concrete pump operator

Concrete pump operators drive and operate trucks to haul concrete from the plant to project sites, and operate pumps to disperse concrete at the site. They also clean and maintain the truck and its mechanical parts.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Mechanical systems

    Mechanical systems, including gears, engines, hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Their functions and likely defects.

  • Mechanics

    Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.

  • Types of concrete pumps

    The types of machines used to pump liquid concrete such as the boom concrete pumps used for large construction projects or line pumps generally used for small-scale works.

Skills

  • Test soil load bearing capacity

    Test the capacity of the ground to support the load applied to it before installing heavy structures, such as tower cranes, or before driving on it with heavy vehicles.

  • Secure heavy construction equipment

    Secure heavy equipment such as tower cranes or concrete pumps before, during, and after use to prevent damage to the machines, workforce or construction site. Take precautionary steps such as retracting the robotic arm of concrete pumps or bringing the hook block back to the jib.

  • Inspect construction sites

    Ensure health and safety during the construction project by inspecting the construction site regularly. Identify risks of putting people in danger or of damaging construction equipment.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Install concrete pumps

    Position the truck or trailer at the desired location, adjust support legs for stability, attach the hoses to the outlet of the machine, if necessary, or install the robotic arm, and set up the pumps. In the case of electric pumps, connect them to the network. Take different factors into account such as the presence of a slope and the soil bearing capacity.

  • Dismantle concrete pumps

    Dismantle all the assemblies of concrete pumps such as the pipe and the robotic arm, and prepare the mobile concrete pump for road traffic.

  • Clean concrete pumps

    Remove residual concrete from the pipes and pumps after use and clean the equipment with water.

  • React to events in time-critical environments

    Monitor the situation around you and anticipate. Be ready to take quick and appropriate action in case of unexpected events.

  • Drive mobile heavy construction equipment

    Drive movable heavy equipment used in construction. Load the equipment onto low loaders, or unload it. Judiciously drive equipment on public roads when required.

  • Operate concrete pumps

    Operate the remote control of the robotic arm of a concrete pump while monitoring the pouring process.

  • Guide concrete hose

    Guide the concrete hose while the pump is operating. Make sure to distribute the concrete efficiently and securely.

  • Use safety equipment in construction

    Use elements of protective clothing such as steel-tipped shoes, and gear such as protective goggles, in order to minimise risk of accidents in construction and to mitigate any injury if an accident does occur.

  • Keep heavy construction equipment in good condition

    Inspect heavy equipment for construction projects before each use. Maintain the machine in good working order, taking care of small repairs and alerting the responsible person in case of serious defects.

  • Follow health and safety procedures in construction

    Apply the relevant health and safety procedures in construction in order to prevent accidents, pollution and other risks.

  • Operate GPS systems

    Use GPS Systems.

  • Prevent damage to utility infrastructure

    Consult utility companies or plans on the location of any utility infrastructure that may interfere with a project or be damaged by it. Take the necessary steps to avoid damage.

Optional knowledge and skills

operate concrete mixer truck inspect construction supplies report defective manufacturing materials set up temporary construction site infrastructure work in a construction team pour concrete monitor stock level use measurement instruments mix concrete operate heavy construction machinery without supervision guide operation of heavy construction equipment feed hoppers keep records of work progress inspect supplied concrete order construction supplies

Common job titles

  • Concrete pump operator
  • Line pump operator
  • Concrete boom pump operator
  • Load out/evaporator dryer operator
  • Knuckleboom crane operator