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)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 2,9962,992 -0.1114 210324
United States 371,100416,900 12.315,000 27,60047,180

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 26.0615.5318.44 23.5530.9541.17
Alaska 33.5024.7027.92 32.9338.0444.19
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 36.8724.3730.64 35.7642.3649.50
Fairbanks North Star Borough 33.6626.7929.52 33.8137.6340.10
Balance of State 31.3124.5027.11 30.7436.2339.75

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
4,301964 22.450.7 39.8
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation871
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation379
UI claimants previously working in occupation1,558
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 1,640
Number of job position postings 103
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 15.9

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

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

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

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

Alaska Works   (Anchorage)
Pipeline Training

American Health and Safety, LLC   (Fairbanks)
Automotive Lift Training

Center for Employment Education   (Anchorage)
Mining Safety and Health

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

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

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Construction Equipment Training 240 Hours HE204 CDL
Elite Combo/COMBO507 Cer/CDL
Grader Training HE200
Mobile Crane Operator 40 Hours HE201
Mobile Crane Operator 80 Hours HE202
Overhead Crane Safety Training/024

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

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

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