Operating Engineer

Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment (Test)

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Operating Engineer (Short)

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:
  • Learn and follow safety regulations.
  • Take actions to avoid potential hazards or obstructions, such as utility lines, other equipment, other workers, or falling objects.
  • Check fuel supplies at sites to ensure adequate availability.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Start engines, move throttles, switches, or levers, or depress pedals to operate machines, such as bulldozers, trench excavators, road graders, or backhoes.
  • Monitoring Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Coordinate machine actions with other activities, positioning or moving loads in response to hand or audio signals from crew members.

About the test (Full Version)

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 and Attention to Detail
  Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure
  • Adaptability
  • Drive
  • Integrity
  • Resilience
  • Teamwork
  Emotional Intelligence
  • Empathy and Emotional Self-Control

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
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2021)
Bottom 10%:
$36,150 or less
Bottom 25%:
$38,570 or less
$48,360 (Average)
Top 25%:
$62,690 or more
Top 10%:
$85,560 or more

Hourly US Wages (2021)
Bottom 10%:
$17.38 or less
Bottom 25%:
$18.54 or less
$23.25 (Average)
Top 25%:
$30.14 or more
Top 10%:
$41.13 or more

US Employment Statistics
2031 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:45,400

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Mechanical
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
Top Skills
  • Operation and Control
  • Operations Monitoring
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Monitoring
  • Active Listening
  • Troubleshooting
  • Time Management
  • Critical Thinking
Top Abilities
  • Control Precision
  • Depth Perception
  • Near Vision
  • Multilimb Coordination
  • Far Vision
  • Rate Control
  • Reaction Time
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
Education Requirements
High School Diploma:
Some College:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
3 - 6 Months:
6 Months - 1 Year:
1 - 2 Years:
2 - 4 Years:
4 - 6 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, Bush Hog Operator, Cable Engineer, Car Runner, Catshovel Driver, Clamshell Engineer, Construction Backhoe Operator, Construction Bulldozer Operator, Construction Engineer, Construction Shovel Operator, Crane Engineer, Derrick Engineer, Digging Machine Operator, Ditcher Operator, Ditching Machine Engineer, Ditching Machine Operating Engineer, Ditching Machine Operator, Dragline Engineer, Dump Attendant, Elevating Grader Operator, Engineering Equipment Operator, Equipment Driver, Equipment Operating Engineer, Equipment Operator (EO), Forklift Operator, Form Grader Operator, Gang Mower Operator, Gradall Operator, Grader, Grader Operator, Grading Machine Operator, Heater Planer Operator, Heavy Equipment Operating Engineer, Heavy Equipment Operator, Heavy Machinery Operator, Heavy Road Construction Equipment Operator, Hoe Runner, Hoisting Engineer, Hot Mix Asphalt Operator, Hydraulic Hammer Operator, Land Leveler, Landfill Grader, Lift Slab Operator, Locomotive Crane Engineer, Machine Operator, Maintainer Operator, Maintenance Operator, Motor Grader Operator, Muck Operator, Mucker Operator, Mucking Machine Operator, Operating Engineer, 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, 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

Related Jobs based on Skills & Abilities: Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining, Hoist and Winch Operators, Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines, Continuous Mining Machine Operators, Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators, Crane and Tower Operators, Millwrights, Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators, Pile Driver Operators, Construction Laborers, Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas, Helpers--Extraction Workers, Riggers, Highway Maintenance Workers, Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining, Maintenance Workers, Machinery, Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators, Industrial Machinery Mechanics, Maintenance and Repair Workers, General, Dredge Operators

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