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Earthmoving Plant Operators (General) operate a range of earthmoving plants to assist with building roads, rail, water supplies, dams, treatment plants and agricultural earthworks.


  • selects, fits and removes attachments such as buckets, winches, loading scoops, shovel blades and rock breaking hammers
  • operates controls to excavate, break, drill, level, compact, gouge out, move, load and spread earth, rock, rubble, soil and other materials
  • monitors operation of plant and adjusts controls to regulate pressure, speed and flow of operation, and ensure safety of other workers
  • raise, lower and manipulate attachments using manual and hydraulic controls
  • service, lubricate, clean and refuel plant and perform minor adjustments and repairs.


  • requires driving
  • working outdoors.

To become an Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)

  • You can work as an Earthmoving Plant Operator (General) without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III in civil construction plant operations may be useful.

Skills employers are looking for

  • Skid-Steer Loader

  • Excavation

  • Backhoes

  • Demolition

  • Communication Skills

  • Machinery Operation

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