A recent post at HeavyEquipmentForums.com discussed attributes members would like to see in equipment operators. This list is from that thread.
- Natural aptitude for operating machinery. He can "feel" as well as see and hear what is [happening] under and around him.
- Good communicator. He remembers his instructions and does not lose sight of the big picture.
- Can interpret grade stakes and is able to calculate basic cuts and fills.
- Treats the machine as if he were making the payments on it.
- Has the ability to train a less-experienced operator.
- Understands the basic principles of soil compaction and has the skills to achieve it.
- Understands the importance of proper drainage of a jobsite.
- Able to properly choose the most efficient machine to do the job. Understands the limits and capabilities of the machines he is expected to operate. Knows how to set up a work area, for example, loading trucks from a stockpile with an excavator. He can coordinate several machines working together.
- Makes sure he and everybody he works around comes home upright and healthy each day.
- Will notify [his supervisor] or take corrective action if something is not working right or feels wrong.
- Recognizes his employment is provided by a profit margin. He may not have bid the job, but it's his responsibility to give the maximum results for the resources he is given.
- Tries to have a good working relationship with everyone he works with.
- Can perform minor repairs in the field.
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