A heavy equipment operator can be many things, and their workday very different, depending on…
Graders come in handy in a lot of ways. They are those big machines with a blade on the front that is often used to level roads and other areas so that they aren’t so rough and bumpy. I’ve seen farmers use them to grade their gravel lanes so that getting in and out of the farm isn’t so difficult for their sedans and pick up trucks. But for industrial uses, graders are often one of the most important pieces of heavy equipment on the work site.
Construction companies often use graders to level out areas where a building will take place. If a home is going to be built, an apartment complex constructed, or a large commercial building even, then the ground where it will stand will need to be flattened. That’s a good use for a grader.
In colder areas, especially in northern states and Canada, graders are used to push snow off the streets in winter months.
Cities, municipalities, states, and even the federal government all use graders when building roads. From city streets and county roads to federal highways and interstates, road surfaces need to be leveled and smoothed before concrete or asphalt can be laid. In the northwest, logging companies need to smooth out pathways for logging trucks. Graders come in handy for that task.
Rural areas in all parts of the country use graders for improving gravel and dirt roads. Over time, and through harsh weather conditions, such roads can get rough.
There are a lot of uses for graders and a lot of opportunities for grader operators to earn a wage. This is the perfect time to start looking into training so that you can find the right opportunities in your area.