No two careers in construction are the same. Some follow a linear path, others take a more unique approach. Some use digital technologies, others use heavy equipment. As you might already know, excavators are one of the largest and heaviest vehicles on the planet. These impressive machines have a lot of power to complete some incredible tasks in a range of industries, including forestry, mining, and all types of construction. Excavators dig everything from trenches to foundations, handle large materials, and take care of big demolition projects, dredging, and more. No matter how they’re used, excavators complete the biggest projects more easily and effectively, compared to other types of heavy equipment.
But what if we told you that there are even more ways to use an excavator than typical jobsite tasks? Today, we’re sharing three incredible ways that construction workers have used their excavator in recent years.
Yes, you read that right. You can dance with your excavator. From solo performances to choreographed group routines, you won’t believe your eyes when you see excavators moving to the beat in unison. You can search YouTube to see some impressive machine dance skills. Click here for a compilation of dance routines from a few crews around the world or click here for a dancing crew of excavators in China with some impressive moves.
Excavator operators can show off their more competitive side with their excavators, even beyond just getting the job done efficiently and effectively. We’ve seen everything from excavators playing board game classics like jumbo-sized Jenga to more competitive bulldozer fighting matches. And, when it comes to team sports, an excavator makes the best goalie in a game of trucks. Like we’ve said before, a career in construction can be fun.
Sure, you may not be able to actually fit your excavator into your home, but skilled operators have done everything from open bottles to pouring drinks, even write! These machines might be massive, but they are incredibly accurate for even human-sized tasks.
These three uses may not come with the job description. But in construction, if you dream it – you can do it! We love to see creativity on and off the jobsite. That is, when it’s done safely. Given its incredible capabilities both on and off the jobsite, construction industry hopefuls need to complete thorough training to work with an excavator. Training to become an equipment operator can begin at a local trade school and continue in an apprenticeship. Then, you can further your education through extra trainings through CAT. They offer a variety of training courses:
- Level I Operator Training Course: designed for entry-level operators with less than 2 years of excavator operating experience.
- Level II Professional Operator Training Course: designed for more experienced excavator operators with 3 or more years of experience.
- Level III Professional Operator Certification: designed for those who have completed Level I and Level II training.
No matter how you use the excavator, creativity is yours. For more surprising ways to work with an excavator, check out this video on YouTube.