Skills required for operating machinery

Machine operators are working in different fields, buildings, warehouses, power plants and even airports and seaports. They operate forklifts, cranes and various types of heavy machinery and paving equipment. Regardless the industry in which they work they must have a series of basic skills.

Be attentive to the surroundings

For reasons of safety, an equipment operator must have the ability to be aware of the surroundings at all times. Unlike drivers, machine operators often do not work in high-traffic areas. However, a machine operator must constantly make sure nothing gets in the way of his team. The forklift operators should be aware of where they are going and if something or someone is behind, or beside them. This particular ability not only works to keep costs low and liability insurance, but also to maintain the machinery, equipment and personnel in the workplace, safe.

Knowledge of computers

Having knowledge about the machinery that operator use is an important skill that everyone should have. First, be aware of the operator; second, it increases operator productivity. Depending on the type of machinery that is operated, may be required licenses or certificates which require some experience. However, even those who do not have a license or certification must have knowledge of how to properly operate the equipment with which they work.

Basic mechanical skills

Having some basic mechanical skills related to the particular equipment used is important. Although most companies have professionals responsible for the maintenance and repairs, machinery operators must have sufficient mechanical skills to perform basic checks before starting their daily work. For example, a crane operator must be able to check the fluids, inspect the engine, hoses and belts; should ensure that the crane is working properly before starting the work.