Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators (47-2073)

Occupation description:  Operate one or several types of power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, pumps, derricks, shovels, tractors, or front-end loaders to excavate, move, and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard surface pavement. May repair and maintain equipment in addition to other duties. Excludes Crane and Tower Operators (53-7021) and Extraction Workers (47-5000).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 3,4893,390 -2.80 5757
United States 363,400400,600 10.23,720 6,0609,780

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with very high employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 24.3114.2917.19 22.0629.5638.56
Alaska 33.4924.3527.90 33.0339.3145.36
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 35.4124.5229.81 35.5742.3046.87
Fairbanks North Star Borough 36.4426.2131.47 36.5442.7846.98
Southeast Region 32.3025.1627.21 30.7837.4544.67
Balance of State 31.7223.3026.90 30.9536.6542.05

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
4,6731,157 24.850.1 38.9
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation892
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation372
UI claimants previously working in occupation1,397
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 1,532
Number of job position postings 164
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 9.3

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Elevators, and Conveyors

 Degree
Alaska Operating Engineers/Employers Training Trust   (Palmer)
Heavy Equipment Operator

 Degree
Alaska Teamster-Employer Service Training Trust   (Anchorage)
Articulated End-Dump
Boom Truck Operation
Mining Safety and Health Administration
Side Dump Trailer

 Degree
Alaska Works   (Anchorage)
Pipeline Training

 Degree
Center for Employment Education   (Anchorage)
Mining Safety and Health

 Degree
Delta Mine Training Center   (Delta Junction)
Health, Safety, and Environmental Training
Surface Mine Training
Underground Mine Training

 Degree
Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
CDL/Heavy Truck Operations Endorsement
Heavy Equipment Operations Endorsement

 Degree
Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Construction Equipment Training 240 Hours HE204 CDL
Construction Equipment Training/Pro Truck Driver/COMBO503 CDL
Elite Combo/COMBO507 Cer/CDL
Grader Training HE200
Mobile Crane Operator 40 Hours HE201
Mobile Crane Operator 80 Hours HE202

 Degree
Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)
Heavy Equipment Operator and Mechanic

 Degree
Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center   (Igiugig)
Heavy Equipment Operator Training Certificate

 Degree
University of Alaska, Mining and Petroleum Training Service   (Soldotna)
Mine Safety and Health Administration Part 48 Surface New Miner
Mine Safety and Health Administration Part 48 Surface Refresher
Mine Safety and Health Administration Part 48 Underground New Miner
Mine Safety and Health Administration Part 48 Underground Refresher