Heavy Equipment Operator Dredge Deckhand

Dredge Engineer


Dredger Worker

Dredge Lever Operator

Dredge Master

Minimum Graduation

Freshers or up to 2 years of work experience as dredger operator

The tasks a Dredger Operator is expected to perform include:Operating power-driven equipment mounted on dredge for excavating rock or removing silt from navigation channel to enable seagoing vessels to enter and leave harbour

Directing and supervising crew in placing dredge in position for excavating

Proficient in watching tide gauge and adjusting excavating mechanism to ensure they work uniformly

Knowledge of operating ladder excavating equipment

Adept with manipulating levers and hand-wheels to raise or lower jib (boom) equipped with endless chain of steel buckets

Well-versed with observing contents of buckets to ascertain type of material being excavated

Knowledge of operating hydraulic excavating equipment by pushing or pulling levers to raise or lower frame on which suction pipe and cutter head are mounted

Well-versed in starting and stopping rotation of cutter head

Proficient in observing vacuum and pressure gauges to determine whether sand or water is being raised

Adept in operating dipper or hinged bucket excavating equipment by manipulating hand and foot levers to raise or lower dipper or buckets into water

Well-versed in adjusting position of jib for loading or unloading dipper or bucket

Proficient in changing position of dredge by drawing in or letting out anchor cables

Adept in undertaking machine repair and maintenance work

Will be updated

Good vision

Manual dexterity

Physical flexibility


Hardworking and persistent

It is a field job

Need to handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Mining companies usually work for 6 days a week and 8/10 hours everyday. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?Maybe

This job is listed as mildly hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

Health risks include exposure to extreme temperature, noise, working on water surface, stress, etc.

Occupational hazards include physical injury, heat stroke, exhaustion, slip and fall, hearing problem, head ache, fatigue, etc.

For freshers INR 15,000 to INR 20,000 per month

For candidates with 1/2 years of experience - INR 20,000 to INR 30,000 per month

For candidates with over 2 yearsexperience - INR 30,000 to INR 40,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of the Indian Mining Sector

Indian mining sector is largely fragmented, comprising several small scale operational mines; it is still dominated by the mining industries both public and private, which accounts for about 75% of the total mining production in India. Although the industry has the large number of employees including contract manpower totalling to about 9.5 lakhs in different trades of mining, the woeful shortage of skilled personnel in various mining trades is widely felt.

The key factors affecting the human resources and skill requirement in the Indian Mining Industry are technology up-gradation, increase in productivity, stringent environment and sustainable development framework, globalization and aging profile of workforce, and long gestation period for skill acquisition. Given the estimated increase in the mining output as well as the expected changes in the productivity levels, the total employment in the mining industry is estimated to increase to 11 lakhs by the year 2017 and 12 lakhs by the year 2025. These factors indicate good job prospects for Dredger Operator and other professionals in the industry.

Mining and construction companies across India

Mining and construction sites across India