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Heavy Equipment Job Listings: October 25, 2014

October 25th, 2014

As the temperatures drop, the need for people who can operate heavy equipment stays steady. In some parts of the country that need is rising, as can be seen this week in the job listings:

MADISON, IL – hiring heavy equipment operators

MINNEAPOLIS, MN H– hiring heavy equipment operators

WHITEWATER, WI — hiring class A CDL truck drivers

WATERVLIET, NY — hiring class A CDL truck drivers

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — hiring heavy equipment operators

WILLIAMSPORT, PA — hiring heavy equipment operators

EDGERTON, MO — hiring heavy equipment operators

MIDLAND, MI — hiring riggers and crane operators

RIVIERA BEACH, FL — hiring heavy equipment operators

BRYAN, TX — hiring heavy equipment operators

NEENAH, WI — hiring class A CDL truck drivers

WAUSAU, WI – hiring class A CDL truck drivers

CUBA CITY, WI — hiring class A CDL truck drivers

GREENLAND, NH — hiring crane operators

WHITEWATER, WI — hiring class A CDL truck drivers

Every single one of these jobs is something you could do with the appropriate training from ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School. Our graduates have lifetime access to the Employment Assistance department and placement website so there’s always an opportunity to find the job that you need.

That combination of high-quality training and ongoing career services makes ATS the best place to get started in the skilled trades industries.

Bigger Isn’t Always Better In Heavy Equipment

October 23rd, 2014

There is a definite appeal to big machinery, and every heavy equipment operator knows the thrill of controlling a massive, powerful unit that makes a huge impact on the job being done. But there also is an appeal to the smaller equipment that can be manipulated skillfully to do exactly what is needed without disturbing the rest of the area.

Backhoes, for instance, are one of the most versatile pieces of heavy equipment around. A smaller backhoe is often required to do delicate maneuvering on job sites that need to have minimal impact on the environment. In this case, bigger is definitely not better.

Green Construction Jobs

There is a growing need for operators who can provide the skill to utilize a smaller version of the traditional heavy equipment and do the job without messing up too much of the surrounding area. Many high-end homebuilders carefully buy wooded lots, for instance, and want those trees to stay where they are so the home being built has the advantages of the landscape. Big equipment can’t be used in this case.

Green jobs and training are a constantly growing part of the heavy equipment industry. Some of those green jobs will need really big machines and the operators who know how to handle them, it’s true. But a lot of those green jobs will need an operator who can get a big job done with a compact piece of machinery.

One of the reasons students at ATS get experience on many types and sizes of heavy equipment is because there’s such a wide variety of type and size being used in the industry today.

Certifications + CDL = Heavy Equipment Career Opportunities

October 21st, 2014

Have you ever seen a big piece of heavy equipment on a flatbed trailer, securely tied down and being transported to a new job site? The person driving that truck usually is the same person who will be operating that backhoe, grader, or whatever it is once they get to the job site. Heavy equipment operators who also have their Class A CDL often are hired before those who only have their certifications because they can drive the truck that takes the equipment to new locations.

Why Does This Combination Work So Well?

The combination of heavy equipment operator certification and CDL means many more career opportunities open up for you. Industries that need that combination include a lot of possibilities:

  • Equipment transportation
  • Sand & gravel hauling
  • Concrete/Asphalt
  • Freight hauling
  • Tanker driving
  • Dump truck driving
  • Tractor-trailer operations
  • Road paving
  • Mining
  • Construction materials handling

How Much More Training Does It Take?

Associated Training Services provides short-term truck driver training for heavy equipment operators who want to take advantage of the expanded opportunities they can have with a CDL. In three weeks of full-time training, you are given the knowledge and the skills needed to take your CDL road test and move your career to a new level:

  • Department of Transportation rules & regulations
  • safety & CDL equipment operations
  • driving heavy equipment on roads
  • backing heavy equipment
  • pre-trip inspections
  • coupling & uncoupling
  • other essential CDL truck driving skills





Two Resources For ATS Grads

October 18th, 2014

If you are looking into being a heavy equipment operator, it means you have seen the potential for making a living at this skilled trade. But that potential is really reduced if the training program you choose just throws information at you, hands you a piece of paper saying you graduated, and disappears into oblivion.

ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School does just the opposite with our students and graduates. In fact, there are two life-long resources for ATS grads if they need them: Employment Assistance and the placement website, Total Resources Network.

Employment Assistance

From the time you enter ATS for class, there’s employment assistance available. Every student is interviewed and given personal career counseling, including soft skills training for interviews and resumes, etc. By the time a student graduates, a customized packet of potential job information has been compiled and will be given to that grad.

This packet is made up of job leads that are in the industries and geographic locations the graduate is interested in and if more help is needed they can always contact us for more leads. Always. This is a lifetime, nation-wide service for ATS students and graduates. We keep a database of constantly updated employer information for job leads and are always ready to help.

Total Resources Network

The placement website, Total Resources Network, isn’t just a list of possible openings. This is a site for professionals in the skilled trades industries to connect and develop their networks. Along with that database of job leads there’s ways for ATS grads to post their resumes and applications and find matches for their unique credentials and interests.

Employers can access the site and look at those postings to contact the people they are interested in hiring. Personnel, jobs, and training are interconnected and effective. It’s one of the reasons ATS is able to say we provide lifetime employment assistance and support.



You Don’t Have To Navigate Financial Aid Alone

October 16th, 2014

It is definitely overwhelming to look at all the financial aid stuff, right? There are a lot of long forms to fill out, and the nagging suspicion you might miss some very important thing. There’s also the fear that potential financial aid is going to be overlooked, and it’s a real possibility if you do your financial aid applications by yourself.

The reason why ATS has a Financial Assistance department is because the people who need financial help the most are those who are least likely to know how to find their way to the best financial aid for their circumstance. But the people who work in  ATS Financial Assistance do this all the time and know what to do.

We Know Where The Money Is

There are many ways to get money for school, and lots of different programs that can help pay for tuition and housing if the school is eligible. Because ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School is an eligible training provider in 22 states and we have relationships with hundreds of government funding agencies all over the country, we know how to find the financial assistance you qualify for and how to apply for those programs.

Working with thousands of students to do the paperwork for grants and loans develops an understanding of how the process works. Getting experience by problem solving when snags occur works out for the good when the next student hits the same snag. Our financial assistance department works with you to get through the process of applying for help and stays with you to get started on your future career a a professional heavy equipment operator.



Changing Seasons Mean New Opportunities

October 14th, 2014

As the winter season hits, heavy equipment operators in various parts of the country have opportunities to do some incredibly important service to the community. Whether you act as a volunteer or pick up some part-time income, dealing with storm damage is something that not everyone can do.

Storm Prep And Cleanup Are Needed

In some areas, crews are out trimming trees away from power lines in the hope that this year won’t be quite as catastrophic as the previous winter outages were for the region. Out west, snow has already closed some mountain roads and plows are out. It takes a skilled operator to maneuver big machinery in treacherous conditions because the operator must be completely familiar with the way their machine responds.

An experienced heavy equipment operator is one of the most important workers in the challenges of storm damage cleanup, and those who have the certifications and skills to provide these essential services will be deeply appreciated. Much of the estimated cost in a storm’s aftermath is the pay that the crews get to put things back the way they need to be.

Be Ready To Respond

ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School is one of the best in the business. We have a solid reputation for providing the training that gives our graduates a competitive edge in their industry. Because our heavy equipment operation programs include experience at the controls of many different types of equipment, it’s not difficult to find ways to put that experience to work.


Heavy Equipment Job Listings: October 11, 2014

October 11th, 2014

There’s a little bit of everything this week in the job listings, from Class-A CDL truck drivers and heavy equipment operators to crane operators. Once you start in the skilled trade industries, opportunities open up all the time, as can be seen at the job site all of our graduates are eligible to join. It’s a great place to explore your options.

WHITEWATER, WI – hiring class-A CDL truck drivers

GREEN BAY, WI – hiring class-A CDL truck drivers

ANN ARBOR, MI — hiring class-A CDL truck drivers

VERONA, WI — hiring heavy equipment operators

OTTOWA, IL — hiring heavy equipment operators

HOLLOWAY, MN – hiring class-A CDL truck drivers

BIRMINGHAN, AL — hiring heavy equipment and crane operators

HOUSTON, TX — hiring crane operators

EAUCLAIRE, WI — hiring class-A CDL truck drivers

MALONE, WI – hiring heavy equipment operators

ODESSA, TX – hiring heavy equipment and crane operators

BYESVILLE, OH – hiring heavy equipment operators

POCOLA, OK  — hiring heavy equipment and crane operators

DANE, WI – hiring heavy equipment operators

YOUNGSTOWN, OH – hiring heavy equipment operators

If you aren’t ready for one of these job listings because you’ve been putting off the goal of being trained, what are you waiting for? ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School has years of experience helping students find financing and graduates find jobs. In fact, the Employment Assistance Department starts working with students from the first week or so of classes and continues to be available to graduates as long as it’s needed. That’s help with training, help with employment, and good for your future.

Yes, Women Make Great Heavy Equipment Operators!

October 9th, 2014

Remember Rosie the Riveter? She became the face of the World War II woman working in the big, rough factory while the men were on the battlefront. It’s ironic that the popular opinion was that women can’t do certain jobs, when women did this stuff all the time without complaint.

A look at old photographs show women in factories from the beginning, and women plowing, mining, or doing heavy jobs alongside the men. Often, an entire family would be doing amazingly heavy work, including the kids. That’s not a reason to put a kid in the seat of a bulldozer, but it would be the ability of the pint-sized operator that makes it a bad idea.

This Is A Skilled Trade

What matters with heavy equipment is the skill of the operator, not the gender. There may be some factors with height in certain machines, but that is a safety concern. The hazards of whole-body vibration and awkward posture are universal, according to the CDC. Being female doesn’t make a difference when it comes to sitting at the controls. The training and experience along with the way a job is done make the difference, and it’s a big one.

Where does gender make a difference? Some employers have noticed that women tend to be more interested in improving themselves on the job, seeking out extra training. Because there can be some flak from the guys on the work crew, they also tend to work harder to prove their worth. But again, this isn’t exclusive to women. Men can be equally interested in improvement and working hard.

Employers hiring ATS grads are looking for the best person for the job, male or female.


Green Jobs, Growing Opportunities

October 7th, 2014

Heavy equipment usually is thought of as being pretty destructive, right? Bulldozers doze, graders scrape, excavators make huge holes and trenches, and it has a huge impact on the environment. But it can be a positive impact because a skilled operator knows how to use their machine to do the job that’s needed with the least amount of damage.

Green jobs encourage the use of renewable energy sources like geothermal, solar, nuclear, hydroelectric, and wind energy. If you have ever driven to Buffalo, New York and seen the massive wind turbines scattered to the southeast, you’ll see that even though those turbines are big and numerous, there’s land being farmed around them. You can see the big blades for miles before you see that they tower over many acres of crops. This is one example of a minimal disruption of the land with maximum energy returns and it took heavy equipment to do it.

The Green Jobs Initiative is designed to create a greater demand for heavy equipment operators who are able to meet the challenge of working in alternative energy industries. President Barak Obama signed this legislation opening 5 billion jobs, and many of them are going to be challenging, exciting, and satisfying careers for ATS grads.

Being trained with an eye on the future is what Green Jobs is all about, and that fits right in with the idea that it takes professionals with the best certifications and training to do the job with the least negative impact on the environment that we will all be living in. It’s good for the environment, good for the industry, and good for your job prospects as an ATS grad.





Heavy Equipment Job Listings: October 4, 2014

October 4th, 2014

This week, there are a lot of jobs on the list and many different types of jobs on that list. Many trucking companies look specifically for graduates of Diesel Truck Truck Driver Training School.

It’s the same way with ATS: Our reputation for professional training gives our grads extra appeal to employers. Contact our Employment Assistance department or the job site at Total Resources Network for more information.




BROWNSVILLE, WI hiring heavy equipment operators

MADISON, WI hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

CHILTON, WI hiring heavy equipment operators

FERRYSBURG, MI hiring heavy equipment operators

BATON ROUGE, LA hiring heavy equipment operators

RIVER FALLS, WI hiring heavy equipment operators

NEW RICHMOND, WI hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

PARDEEVILLE, WI hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

LANSING, MI hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

NEW ULM, MN hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

MADISON, IL hiring heavy equipment operators

VAN BUREN, AR hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

THE WOODLANDS, TX hiring heavy equipment operators

HOLLAND, MI hiring heavy equipment operators

SPARTA, WI hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

SUPERIOR, WI hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

BIRMINGHAM, AL hiring heavy equipment operators

EAU CLAIRE, WI hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

BISMARCK, ND hiring heavy equipment operators

STURTEVANT, WI hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

DEFOREST, WI hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

HOUSTON, TX hiring crane operators and riggers

MIDDLE BURY, IN hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

MIDDLETON, WI hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

STITZER, WI hiring heavy equipment operators

GREEN LAKE, WI hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

JANESVILLE, WI, hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

* Associated Training Services fully endorses the national certification program offered by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), and will prepare candidates for the CCO certification examinations.

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