According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), surface mining excavating and loading machine and dragline operators typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.
Although no formal educational credential is usually required, some companies prefer to hire material moving machine operators who have a high school diploma. For crane and tower operators, excavating machine operators, and dredge operators, however, a high school diploma or equivalent typically is required.
A number of states and several cities require crane operators to be licensed. To get a license, operators typically must complete a skills test in which they show that they can control a crane. They also must pass a written exam that tests their knowledge of safety rules and procedures. Some crane operators and industrial truck and tractor operators may obtain certification, which includes passing a written exam.
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The Department of Education recommends the following college degree programs as preparation for this career. You can click the program row to learn more about the program and explore a list of schools that offer the program.
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Which states hire the most surface mining excavating and loading machine and dragline operators? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as surface mining excavating and loading machine and dragline operators. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.
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