Dredge Operator

A dredge operator works to ensure that waterways can be navigated and that lakes rivers streams and other bodies of water are kept free of debris and other materials that might clog the flow of water. According to the website diplomaguide.com dredge operators handle many types of heavy equipment such as tractors cranes and other machinery used to dig and move heavy materials. The main purpose of their job is to prevent erosion that can be caused by water and natural disasters. However they also work to develop channels that can be used by boats build manmade lakes and to assist in the development of lanes for boats to unload imported shipments. Because of the size and power of the equipment used by dredge operators it is their job to ensure that all safety requirements and environmental protection regulations are followed at all times. Part of the safety protocol that a dredge operator must follow includes keeping in constant contact with supervisors and also performing routine inspections on equipment. Due to the nature of the job dredge operators must work outdoors and they are often assigned to long shifts – – sometimes as lengthy as 12 hours of work per day. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median hourly wage for dredge operators at approximately $16 per hour. Dredge operators must have a high school diploma and they may choose to attend school to earn certification. However many dredge operators learn their skills through on-the-job training.

Education Required: High School Diploma and Specialized Training
Avg Salary: $33280
High Salary: $36280
Low Salary: $30280
Tasks: Operates dredges to remove materials from water.
Excavates and maintains waterways.
Controls cranes.
Ensures that safety and environmental regulations are met.
Also Called: Dredge Captain
Dredge Engineer
Dredge Hand
Dredge Master
Additional Resources: http://www.oceancareers.com/2.0/career_description.php?career_id=57
http://diplomaguide.com/articles/Dredge_Operator_Career_Overview.html
http://www.earnmydegree.com/online-education/careers/transportation-and-material-moving/dredge-operators.html