Profession grader operator

Grader operators work with a heavy piece of mobile equipment that creates a flat surface by slicing off the top soil with a large blade. Graders usually provide a flat finish on the heavy earthmoving work performed by the scraper and bulldozer operators.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Enterprising


  • Mechanical tools

    Understand machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Recognise the hazards of dangerous goods

    Be aware of the threats posed by potentially dangerous goods such as polluting, toxic, corrosive, or explosive materials.

  • Work ergonomically

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Operate grader

    Operate a grader, a piece of heavy equipment used in construction to create a flat surface.

  • 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.

  • Work in a construction team

    Work as part of a team in a construction project. Communicate efficiently, sharing information with team members and reporting to supervisors. Follow instructions and adapt to changes in a flexible manner.

Optional knowledge and skills

operate excavator operate road roller monitor stock level operate construction scraper interpret 3d plans keep records of work progress secure heavy construction equipment operate heavy construction machinery without supervision transport construction supplies sort waste electricity follow safety procedures when working at heights interpret 2d plans set up temporary construction site infrastructure machinery load capacity operate bulldozer test soil load bearing capacity keep personal administration perform minor repairs to equipment

Common job titles

  • Blue top motor grader / dozer operator (experienced heavy equipment)
  • Heavy equipment "earth moving" operators/laborers with ncco & nccer
  • Operator (excavator)
  • Operator (loader)
  • Grader operator
  • Equipment operator - fremont, ca
  • Blade/motor grader operators - finish
  • Heavy equipment operators/foremen/superintendents
  • Track hoe/dozer operator
  • Mobile equipment operator