Mobile Machine Drivers and Operatives

Job holders in this unit group supervise and undertake the operation of machines to transport, excavate, grade, level, and compact sand, earth, gravel and similar materials, drive piles into the ground and lay surfaces of asphalt, concrete and chippings, clear and cultivate land, to sow and harvest plants and crops, and operate other mobile machines.


New workers

New workers start around £13,457. Normal pay is £30,314 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £47,746.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 45,241 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Cleans, oils and greases machine and carries out minor repairs.

  • Drives and operates machinery to plough, fertilise, plant, cultivate or harvest crops.

  • Operates tractors, combine harvesters or other farm vehicles, attaches plough, cultivator or other implements and adjusts depth, speed and height to requirements.

  • Directs refilling of machine hopper and repeats operations as necessary.

  • Watches operation and removes any likely obstacle or obstructions.

  • Manipulates levers, pedals and switches to manoeuvre vehicle, regulate angle and height of blades, buckets and hammers and starts conveyor, suction or water spraying system.

  • Fixes any necessary extensions onto machine and loads machine with asphalt, concrete, bitumen, tar, stone chippings or any other required materials.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Articulated Hauler

  • Machinery

  • Order Delivery

  • Construction

  • Medicines And Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Guides

  • Materials Transport

  • Manual Handling

  • Civil Engineering

  • Heavy Equipment

  • Trenching

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Customer Service

  • Loading And Unloading

  • Cleanliness

  • Detail Oriented

  • Operations

  • Management

  • Strong Work Ethic

  • English Language

  • Sales

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.