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Operating Engineer
Operating Engineer
Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment

Operating Engineer

Operate one or several types of power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, pumps, derricks, shovels, tractors, or front-end loaders to excavate, move, and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard surface pavement. May repair and maintain equipment in addition to other duties.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment - operate tractor with accessories or attachments
  • Learn and follow safety regulations.
  • Take actions to avoid potential hazards or obstructions, such as utility lines, other equipment, other workers, or falling objects.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Locate underground services, such as pipes or wires, prior to beginning work.
  • Monitor operations to ensure that health and safety standards are met.
  • Adjust handwheels and depress pedals to control attachments, such as blades, buckets, scrapers, or swing booms.
  • Getting Information

About the test

The HR Avatar Operating Engineer Pre-Employment Assessment was designed to help you hire staff in this role. The test provides a whole-person evaluation by measuring job-relevant cognitive ability, personality, knowledge, skills, and relevant behavioral history. Each component provides important data for hiring decisions. Cognitive ability has been linked to overall job performance in most jobs and correlates with a candidate's ability to learn new skills and to solve complex problems. Personality characteristics determine how well the candidate will fit-in with a corporate culture. Knowledge and skills indicate how much training will be needed before a new employee becomes productive. Finally, relevant behavioral history detects counter-productive behaviors that can impact job performance.

The Operating Engineer test includes an animated work simulation in which candidates meet customers, colleagues and supervisors in a job-related context. Post-test surveys indicate the majority of candidates react favorably to these simulations.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Multitasking
  Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure
  • Adaptable
  • Competitive
  • Corporate Citizenship
  • Develops Relationships
  • Enjoys Problem-Solving
  • Exhibits a Positive Work Attitude
  • Expressive and Outgoing
  • Innovative and Creative
  • Needs Structure
  • Seeks Perfection

Following completion, the test produces a Candidate Selection Report that includes an overall score and detailed scores for each attribute. The overall score weighs each of the factors based on research and analysis from the U.S. Government's Occupational Information Network (O*Net). O*Net represents over a decade of dedicated research evaluating the relative importance of various factors that lead to success in almost 1,000 different job roles.

The Candidate Selection Report also provides expert interview questions that help you probe critical or low-scoring areas, along with a guide for noting your evaluation of the candidate's responses. Consistent use of an interview guide is an important part of gaining better candidate insights and making better hiring decisions.

Language:English (US)
Time to Complete:40 Minutes (Approximately)
O*Net SOC Code:47-2073.00
Simulation Context:Medium-Level General Business/Office
O*Net Context:Construction and Extraction
Price:40 Credits ($40 USD)
Note:This test contains questions that are difficult to complete on small screens. A large screen device, such as a laptop, desktop, or tablet is recommended. Test-takers using small devices will be advised to optionally change to a larger screen device.
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$29,730 or less
Bottom 25%:
$35,760 or less
$45,890 (Average)
Top 25%:
$61,480 or more
Top 10%:
$80,200 or more

Hourly US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$14.29 or less
Bottom 25%:
$17.19 or less
$22.06 (Average)
Top 25%:
$29.56 or more
Top 10%:
$38.56 or more

US Employment Statistics
2024 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:9,780

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Administration and Management
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Mathematics
Top Skills
  • Operation and Control
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Monitoring
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Coordination
  • Active Learning
  • Quality Control Analysis
Top Abilities
  • Control Precision
  • Depth Perception
  • Multilimb Coordination
  • Near Vision
  • Far Vision
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Rate Control
Education Requirements
No High School Diploma:
High School Diploma:
Post-Secondary Certificate:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
Less than 1 Month:
3 - 6 Months:
6 Months - 1 Year:
1 - 2 Years:
2 - 4 Years:
4 - 6 Years:
More than 10 Years:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role whose related work experience before they entered this position falls into each category.

Alternate Titles for this Role: Angle Dozer Operator, Back Hoe Operator, Backhoe Operator, Blade Grader Operator, Blade Operator, Bulldozer Engineer, Bulldozer Operator, Bulldozer/Loader/Compactor/Scraper, Bush Hog Operator, Cable Engineer, Car Runner, Carrier Operator, Catshovel Driver, Clamshell Engineer, Crane Engineer, Derrick Engineer, Digging Machine Operator, Dirt Supervisor, Ditcher Operator, Ditching Machine Engineer, Ditching Machine Operating Engineer, Ditching Machine Operator, Dozer Operator, Dragline Engineer, Dump Attendant, Elevating Grader Operator, Engineering Equipment Operator, Equipment Driver, Equipment Operating Engineer, Equipment Operator, Equipment Operator/Laborer, Equipment Operator/Laborer/Supervisor, Excavating Machine Operator, Excavator Operator, Field Foreman, Field Mechanic/Site Lead, Forklift Operator, Form Grader Operator, Gang Mower Operator, Gradall Operator, Grader, Grader Operator, Grader Patrol, Grading Machine Operator, Heater Planer Operator, Heavy Equipment Operating Engineer, Heavy Equipment Operator, Heavy Equipment Operator/Paver, Heavy Machinery Operator, Heavy Road Construction Equipment Operator, Hoe Runner, Hoisting Engineer, Hydraulic Hammer Operator, Land Leveler, Landfill Grader, Lift Slab Operator, Loader Operator, Loader Operator/Ground Leader, Loading Machine Operator, Locomotive Crane Engineer, Machine Operator, Maintainer Operator, Maintenance Operator, Motor Grader Operator, Muck Operator, Mucker Operator, Mucking Machine Operator, Operating Engineer, Operating Engineer Apprentice, Operator, Operator and Truck Driver, Operator Engineer, Operator/Assistant Foreman, Power Grader Operator, Power Shovel Engineer, Road Equipment Operator, Road Grader, Road Grader Operator, Road Hogger Operator, Road Machine Operator, Road Machine Runner, Road Roller Engineer, Roller, Roller man, Roller Operator, Rooter Operator, Rotary Soil Stabilizer, Sander, Sanitary Landfill Operator, Scarifier Operator, Scrap Drop Engineer, Scraper Operator, Shovel Engineer, Slab Lifting Engineer, Stabilizer Operator, Steam Shovel Engineer, Steam Shovel Operating Engineer, Steam Shovel Operator, Steam Shovel Runner, Street Roller Engineer, Track Hoe Operator, Utility Tractor Operator

Related Jobs based on Skills & Abilities: Crane and Tower Operators, Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators, Pile-Driver Operators, Highway Maintenance Workers, Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining, Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door, Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators, Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic, Pipelayers, Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers, Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Automotive Specialty Technicians, Maintenance and Repair Workers, General, Boilermakers, Engine and Other Machine Assemblers, Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers, Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic

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Activities performed during the Test
  • Read and analyze feedback reports to identify a recurring issue.
  • Recommend a purchase based on product cost and durability.
  • Correctly calculate a product defect rate.
  • Understand and explain company policies to co-workers.
  • Accurately complete a monthly supplies order based on past usage.
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