Pros: solitary operation with minimal supervision
Cons: incessant chatter on the radio
A typical 12-hr shift started with being refreshed and a long commute. Equipment required a walkaround before careful operation depending on conditions. Hazards included weather, operating surface of haul roads, dumps and shovel pits, and support equipment.
Most enjoyable was that every day was a learning experience as conditions changed and operators styles differed. Some dozers required you to dump closer than others, some expected you to back up farther than cabin-to-cabin. New dumps were created constantly.
The most difficult part of the job was the weather which could wreak havoc on the roads. It required intense concentration to operate on slippery haul roads and soft dumps.