Profession scraper operator

Scraper operators work with a mobile piece of heavy equipment that scrapes the top layer of the ground and deposits it in a hopper to be hauled off. They drive the scraper over the surface to be scraped, adapting the speed of the machine to the hardness of the surface.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Mechanical tools

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

  • Mechanical systems

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

Skills

  • Operate construction scraper

    Operate a scraper, a piece of heavy equipment that scrapes a layer of soil from the surface and transports it in a hopper.

  • Move soil

    Use machinery to load and unload soil. Take care not to overload the machine. Dump the soil judiciously in the assigned place.

  • 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 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.

  • Recognise the hazards of dangerous goods

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

  • 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.

  • Dig soil mechanically

    Use mechanical equipment to dig up and move soil. Form pits according to excavation plans.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Work ergonomically

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

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

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

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