Road Construction Plant Operator

Road construction plant operators handle a large variety of road construction equipment used in the construction of new roads and maintenance of existing roads.

Road construction plant operators are responsible for operating vehicles such as bulldozers, front-end loaders, road rollers and heavy lorries. These plant operators need to manoeuvre vehicles safely and efficiently in rough terrain by means of moving levers or foot pedals, operating switches or turning dials.

They are also responsible for inspecting the machinery regularly and making adjustments and minor repairs timeously to avoid expensive repairs at a later stage.

How to Enter

Schooling & School Subjects

No specific requirements.

What to Study

Most employers offer in-service training.

Promotional prospects for a road construction plant operator are good. On completion of examinations at each step a road construction plant operator can rise through the ranks as follows:

  • Assistant operator
  • Operator
  • Qualified operator
  • Road foreman
  • Senior road construction operator
  • Instructor


  • regional governments
  • municipalities
  • civil engineering companies
  • road construction companies

Further Information

Additional information can be obtained from provincial authorities, municipalities and private organisations. Information can also be obtained from:

The Provincial Secretary
Provincial Administration of Gauteng
Private Bag X197
Pretoria, 0001
Tel. (012) 303-2000

Getting Started

  • try to obtain vacation or part-time work in a road construction company
  • arrange to speak to a road construction plant operator about this type of career

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