How to Become A Backhoe Operator

How to Become A Backhoe Operator

Is being a backhoe operator the right job for you?

Do you enjoy working on construction sites and have a knack for operating heavy equipment? A backhoe operator could be the perfect job for you. Becoming a backhoe operator requires training, understanding how to operate the machine, a keen sense of safety, and the ability to be aware of your surroundings and work with the people on the job site.

Is being a backhoe operator dangerous?

Yes, being a backhoe operator is a dangerous job. When excavating, the ground around you can become unstable causing hazards to the operator and the other people on the job site. With any piece of large machinery there are risks and hazards. Knowing how to operate the equipment and following strict safety protocol can drastically reduce the on-site dangers. Safety training and knowledge is key!

How much does a backhoe operator make?

A backhoe operator makes about $22 an hour based off of the national average. This number can vary by which state you are employed in and the amount of experience you have. Most backhoe operators also have the option to work overtime.

What does a backhoe operator do?

A backhoe operator has to have an understanding of how the machine operates and what safety procedures to follow. The operator must know how to drive, manipulate the bucket to dig and move dirt, gravel and other materials. Often operators work with other operators, sometimes they work alone.

Do I need a license to operate a backhoe?

No, in order to operate a backhoe, you do not need to have a license or a certification. However, you must be OSHA qualified. Being OSHA qualified comes with experience, training, and an understanding of the OSHA guidelines and how they pertain to backhoe operation. Your employer is responsible for ensuring that you meet OSHA qualification standards.

What type of industries use backhoes?

Many things cannot be completed without the help of a backhoe. Their versatility makes them a very popular piece of equipment. These machines are commonly used in construction, agricultural projects, cemeteries, by swimming pool contractors and by the military.

How can Total Equipment Training help me become a backhoe operator?

Total Equipment Training we have experienced trainers that come to your site and train you on your equipment so it is site specific. Our trainers have over 10 years of in the field experience and are committed to making sure that your employees are thoroughly trained in both the operation and safety aspects of operating a backhoe. To learn more about our backhoe training click here.



Barb Fullman- CEO of Total Equipment Training
About the Author

As the owner of Total Equipment Training, Barb Fullman has been an active contributor to the heavy equipment training industry for over 23 years. Barb, a Penn State University graduate, is recognized as the highest ranking women-owned heavy equipment training business in the US. As a leading authority and provider of heavy equipment training, training manuals and tests based on OSHA Standards and Regulations, Total Equipment Trainings’ client list is composed of most of the Fortune 1000 companies focusing on energy, construction, heavy highway, and manufacturing.

Barb’s motto is “Stay safe, stay up to date”. She is committed to up-to-date & technically correct training, whether it is via in-person or through our library of online heavy equipment resources. With over 50 OSHA qualifying training topics to choose from with TET, the most popular heavy equipment training subjects are mobile cranes, NCCCO, all “dirt equipment”, rigging, crane inspections, and train-the-trainer.