Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators (53-7032)

Occupation description:  Operate or tend machinery equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets, to excavate and load loose materials. Excludes Dredge Operators (53-7031).

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 263268 1.91 34
United States 53,90057,300 6.2340 630970

Job outlook

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


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 21.7413.0916.10 19.7225.7233.31
Alaska 28.8920.6423.25 28.9534.9938.08
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 27.7920.3422.21 25.3934.0137.48

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
29552 17.648.5 37.7
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation70
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation20
UI claimants previously working in occupation98
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 498
Number of job position postings 14
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 35.6

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

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: Less than 5 years 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)
Mining Safety and Health Administration

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

 Degree
Charter College, Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Applied Technology AAS

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

 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)
DEC Certified Septic Installer Initial and Refresher
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