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Equipment Operator (EO)


***Last Updated 08 May 2023***

EO Community Overview


EO Career Path
Updated 14 March 2023

General Description
Equipment Operators operate heavy transportation and construction equipment including, trucks, bulldozers, backhoes, graders, forklifts, cranes and asphalt equipment. This is a 5-year enlistment program.
What They Do
The duties performed by EOs include:

  • operating a wide variety of heavy-duty, self-propelled construction equipment for projects including, building construction, roadway construction, pier construction, grading and excavation;

  • performing minor maintenance on equipment to ensure safe, efficient operation;

  • serving as members of a crane crew to rig cable assemblies and change attachments for various lifting and pile-driving operations;

  • preparing operational reports on equipment;

  • operate rock crushing and well-drilling equipment;

  • perform as blasters for construction projects.

  • reading and interpreting blueprints and preparing sketches for projects;

  • making estimates of material, labor, and equipment requirements.

Working Environment
EOs may work in a variety of conditions, independently or as members of a large team. Their many different duties may be performed in climates ranging from desert to arctic.
ASVAB: AR + MC + AS = 145
-Temporary ASVAB: AR + MC + AS = 136 (Expires 30 September 2024)
Must have normal color perception & Stereoscopic vision
Valid state driver's license, NO DUI - 1 yr, NO major accidents
36 month obligated service required for convert in and PACT Sailors.
Must provide a copy of last three Evals and PRIMS/PFA data.

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