Heavy Equipment Operator

Heavy equipment operators utilize heavy machinery often used in construction. They also clean, control maintain, inspect and repair the machines.

Job Outlook 2016–2026*

+10% expected growth

Education/Training Required

Minimum = High school diploma or equivalent


  • 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

Wages in Arkansas

Top 10% Annual = $49,420*

Average Annual = $35,430**
Average Hourly = $17.03***

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