What do I need to operate a backhoe?

Backhoe Licensing There are training programs available for individuals to learn how to operate large pieces of equipment such as backhoes. But there are no licensing requirements that need to be met in order to operate a backhoe. Enrolling in a training program can give you the skills needed for backhoe operation.

What does a backhoe operator do?

A backhoe operator is a construction worker who specializes in driving and operating backhoes, which are heavy construction machines that are commonly used to move large amounts of earth or to dig holes and trenches.

Do you need a license to operate an excavator in Texas?

As a heavy equipment operator in Texas, you will need a driver’s license and heavy equipment certification. Some employers prefer operators to a certain number of seat hours and OSHA safety training in the primary heavy equipment being operated.

What jobs can you do with a backhoe?

Landscaping: In the world of landscaping, a backhoe loader can accomplish everything from digging up whole trees to excavating space for a pond, fence post or water feature. It can transport soil, boulders and other materials around the job site and dig trenches for irrigation lines, among many other tasks.

What’s the difference between backhoe and excavator?

Size. The main difference between the two machines is size — excavators are larger and heavier, while backhoes are slightly smaller. The excavator is typically a better fit for demolition projects, mining, driving piles, drilling shafts for rock blasting, and overall large-scale industrial projects.

How long does it take to learn to operate a backhoe?

3 weeks
You can train on a backhoe and a number of other machines to receive your Certificate of Heavy Equipment Operations – Level I. Completing a course and getting certified or licensed takes 3 weeks.