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Pile Driver Operators

Operate pile drivers mounted on skids, barges, crawler treads, or locomotive cranes to drive pilings for retaining walls, bulkheads, and foundations of structures such as buildings, bridges, and piers.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Move hand and foot levers of hoisting equipment to position piling leads, hoist piling into leads, and position hammers over pilings.
    • Move levers and turn valves to activate power hammers, or to raise and lower drophammers that drive piles to required depths.
    • Drive pilings to provide support for buildings or other structures, using heavy equipment with a pile driver head.
    • Conduct pre-operational checks on equipment to ensure proper functioning.
    • Clean, lubricate, and refill equipment.

    Skills

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Equipment Maintenance

      Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    3

    Abilities

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Depth Perception

      The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

    Knowledge

    • Building and Construction

      Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Pay

    • US Annual Salary 63370/yr
    • US Typical Salary
    • US Hourly Wage 30.47/hr
    • US Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 20
    • Yearly Projected Openings 0

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Concern for Others
    • Self Control
    • Cooperation
    • Stress Tolerance

    Tools

    • Slings
    • Pile drivers
    • Pile driver tools or its parts or accessories
    • Hoists
    • Acoustic ear muffs or defenders

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    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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