How to become a bulldozer operator

Updated March 23, 2017

Playing in the dirt has been a favourite activity for children for many years. Some people never outgrow it, though, and continue to have fun playing in the dirt whether on motorcycles, dune buggies or all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Adults who enjoy dirt may find that a career as a bulldozer operator is right for them, as bulldozer operators spend their days preparing construction sites by moving dirt.

Attend a training school for heavy equipment operators. There are a number of different schools throughout the United States that prepare individuals to operate heavy equipment machines including bulldozers, cranes and backhoes. You can find a school close to you by visiting the website for the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools.

Obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) to move equipment. To move a bulldozer it must be loaded on a semi-bed and transported from one site to another. A commercial driver's license (CDL) is required to drive the semi with the bulldozer. Many employers prefer operators who can move their own equipment.

Use job placement services offered by your training school. The job placement services at your school are often connected with local construction companies who hire graduates. They can get you an interview and provide a strong recommendation to the prospective employer, if you've done well during training.

Complete safety orientation and any other on-the-job training. Safety orientation and training is required by most companies for new employees, and it ensures that you know how to stay safe while operating the company's equipment. In addition, some companies may have additional training and orientations that you must complete before you can officially get to work playing in the dirt as a bulldozer operator.


Some companies require bulldozer operators to be 21 or older for insurance purposes, while others will hire operators who are 18.


Most employers require you to pass a pre-employment drug screen. Some companies also have random drug tests that you must complete periodically during your employment.

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Allison Dodge has been a writer since 2005, specializing in education, careers, health and travel. She has worked at educational institutions for more than 10 years. Dodge has a master's degree in education administration.