The mining sector employs over 450 000 South Africans and supports the livelihoods of many more. Improved and safe management of mining operations can significantly reduce the impact on the natural environment- particularly land, water and air quality - as well as those whose livelihoods it supports. Earthmoving entails the moving of large quantities of soil in the early stages of excavation projects and minerals during operations.
Earthmoving plant operators can work as part of a larger mining or construction team, often for long hours and in relatively dangerous conditions. Regularity of work and income is highly dependent on weather conditions.
Earthmoving plant operators must have an understanding of large earthmoving machinery, the ability to safely operate these and excellent hand-eye coordination. They will additionally benefit from:
Select, fit and remove attachments from plant machinery
Operate plant machinery to excavate, grade, level, smooth and compact earth or similar materials
Monitor and adjust controls of plant machinery
Maintain and perform minor adjustments and repairs
Earthmoving plant operators require a valid heavy vehicle driver’s license and can also benefit from a General Education and Training or National Certificate in Construction in Plant Operations at National Qualifications Framework Level 2 and 3, offered at Azandie Consulting, Eastcape Training Centre, License Wise, Proud Afrique and Skills College.
Mining and construction companies.