CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Pile-Driver Operators

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Pile-Driver Operators
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Operate pile drivers mounted on skids, barges, crawler treads, or locomotive cranes to drive pilings for retaining walls, bulkheads, and foundations of structures, such as buildings, bridges, and piers. Move hand and foot levers of hoisting equipment to position piling leads, hoist piling into leads, and position hammers over pilings.
 
Conduct pre-operational checks on equipment to ensure proper functioning.
 
Drive pilings to provide support for buildings or other structures, using heavy equipment with a pile driver head.
 
Move levers and turn valves to activate power hammers, or to raise and lower drophammers that drive piles to required depths.
 
Clean, lubricate, and refill equipment.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Pile-Driver Operators
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Pile-Driver Operators
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Pile-Driver Operators
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Spatial Orientation The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Wrist-Finger Speed The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Glare Sensitivity The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Speed of Limb Movement The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Pile-Driver Operators
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Pile-Driver Operators
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Crane Operator
Diesel Pile Hammer Operator
Heavy Equipment Operator
Hoisting Pile Driving Engineer
Hydraulic Pile Hammer Operator
Hydraulic Press-In Operator
Nozzle Operator
Operating Engineer
Pile Driver
Pile Driver Engineer
Pile Driver Operator
Pile Driving Nozzleman
Vibratory Pile Driver
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Pile-Driver Operators
 
 
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