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Dragline Operator

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Summary

Move earth, rocks and more with a large suspended bucket.

What does a Dragline Operator do?

Construction projects often begin with major dirt moving. Holes must be dug for foundation poles, large rocks must be moved away to make space for the foundation, and sand must sometimes be put on the site to level out the ground. When this sort of earth moving is required, you-the Dragline Operator-step in.

Dragline Operators are assigned to a huge piece of machinery that has a large arm ending in a suspended bucket. Dragline Operators drive this to the site, taking extreme care not to smash any cars, buildings, or people along the way.

Once at the site, you use a combination of buttons and levers to lower the bucket, scrape it across the soil, and pick up materials. Then you drive to another location to drop these materials. Young boys will head to the construction site to watch you work, and they may imitate your motion with their own small toys.

If the materials you’re removing are quite heavy, you need to take additional steps to ensure that your machine won’t tip over. You direct other workers to set up rigging that anchors your machine while it works.

You’re also responsible for maintaining your equipment. You perform routine maintenance, such as changing the oil or replacing worn belts, or do major repairs to the hydraulic and fuel systems.

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