Hometown: Fordyce | Age: 27 | Where I trained: University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College | What I earned: Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) License | Job title: Surfacing Gang Foreman | Employer: Union Pacific Railroad in North Little Rock
What does a heavy equipment operator do?
Heavy equipment operators utilize heavy machinery often used in construction. They also clean, control, maintain, inspect and repair the machines.
“I get to work at 6:30 a.m. and begin my day with reading the safety rules. Before 10, I have to send in a curfew request and a signal report ticket to the train dispatcher for the next day’s work so they can start planning their routes. After working on the track, I complete our production report.” – Winston
• Clean, maintain, operate and store heavy equipment.
• Check equipment daily to maintain a clean and safe work environment.
• Work with crew members to coordinate machine actions.
• Follow regulations to ensure that the job is done safely.
• Work with computers and other technology to increase efficiency.
• Communicate with train dispatchers to help them plan routes.
• Make repairs or report problems.
• Complete a production report at the end of the day.
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START YOUR TRAINING
|East Arkansas Community College|
|North Arkansas College|
|University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology – McGehee|
|University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College|
READY TO HIRE YOU
|Arkansas Electric Cooperatives|
|Simmons Foods Inc. & Affiliates|
|Union Pacific Railroad|
Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics and CareerOneStop.org