Concrete pump operators work for construction companies or dedicated concrete supply organizations. Their work is technical in the sense that they have to handle complex concrete mixing and pumping machinery, while ensuring that all safety measures and precautions are taken into account. One has to be physically dexterous, with exceptional mechanical aptitude and the will and ability to work outdoors for long periods of time.
Eligibility criteria to work as a concrete pump operator includes a high school diploma or a GED equivalent at the very least. In addition to this, you have to possess a valid commercial driver’s license (either Class A or B), and a current DOT medical certificate. Some experience of operating both standard and complex concrete pumps is important if this is the work that you expect to take up. In addition to this, you will need to be well-versed with the construction business so that you can work in an auxiliary role with them when required.
A concrete pump operator must possess great insight into operating concrete pumps. Knowing just where to park the truck and how to place concrete in desired locations is very important. Good communication and listening skills, along with the ability to handle post and pre-trip inspections are prerequisites of working at this position. And here is a list of some duties that are expected from people working as concrete pump operators:
• Perform pre-trip and post-trip inspections to ensure that concrete pumps are according to DOR regulations (checking brakes and fluid levels etc.)
• Fill water tanks before each project and ensure that all valves are properly secured and shut
• Drive concrete pump trucks to and from each project site in a punctual and responsible manner
• Evaluate site conditions and work with contractors or supervisors to park / set up the truck properly
• Operate boom and concrete pump to place concrete in desired locations, placing special focus on provided instructions
• Load and unload concrete pump attachments and ensure that all associated tools are used in a safe manner
• Clean concrete pumps at the end of the day to ensure that they remain in good working condition, and to minimize breakdowns and downtimes
• Ascertain that all safety and precautionary measures are put into place before, during and after each project
• Coordinate efforts with supervisors or contractors to ensure that owed payments are managed as soon as the work is finished