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How To Find A Job As A Heavy Equipment Operator

September 20th, 2014

There are two important parts to finding a job at anything, and heavy equipment jobs are no different. These two parts are preparation and connections, and unless you have them it’s probably not going to happen.


If you are planning on becoming a professional, the best thing to do is get professional training and the appropriate certifications, right? There’s a good reason for that: if two equally experienced candidates apply for the same job, the one with the legitimacy of an accredited training is probably going to be the one to get that job.

It also helps to have the “soft skills” that get you through the hiring process, like writing a resume, filling out electronic or paper applications, and interview skills. These may not have anything to do with heavy equipment but they have a great deal to do with getting hired. Employment Assistance at ATS works with students on these skills so that they can get through the process and get on the work site.


The second part of finding a job is the connections that are made with other professionals, or what many call “networking”. Graduates of ATS programs are able to make these connections at the job site, a placement website where individuals in the skilled trade industries can network with each other and find employment, companies can find personnel, and training providers can serve their customers.

There’s a huge database that’s constantly being updated with resumes and applications from job seekers, openings from companies, and more. It’s a perfect place to make the connections that lead to professional growth and that next job.

9 Reasons To Choose ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School

September 18th, 2014

If you are doing research about getting trained as a professional heavy equipment operator, it’s a good thing. Choosing a career in the skilled trades means that your training is going to be scrutinized carefully. After all, you’ll be operating expensive equipment in dangerous situations, so the company wants to make sure they hire the best.

Since the insurance companies are also very interested in who is on the site and how the operators have been trained, that also comes into the consideration companies give to who gets hired. Credentials and affiliations are proof that a school has retained specific standards and training practices.

ATS Credentials & Affiliations

  1. National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) has the highest standards in the business. All ATS instructors are NCCER credentialed, and we are an Accredited Sponsor. We also helped write the heavy equipment training textbooks, that’s not something that every school can say.
  2. National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is a non-profit organization to develop safety and performance standards for crane operations throughout general industry and construction. ATS is an approved test site and registered training provider and if you are going to operate a crane, this is where to start looking at what you need.
  3. Department of Workforce Development/Workforce Investment Act provides funding for financial assistance. ATS is an eligible training provider qualified to receive that funding, which means you could get money for our programs.
  4. US Department of Veterans Affairs has approved ATS as an eligible training school, which means that military benefits are available if you qualify for them.
  5. State Boards of Education in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, and Indiana have approved ATS and licensed our school.
  6. Better Business Bureau (BBB) rates ATS with an A+.
  7. ISNetworld supports over 360 Hiring Clients to manage more than 54,000 companies in 75 countries. ATS is a registered contractor with ISNetworld, which gives us global connections.
  8. Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association founded on the merit shop philosophy. ATS is a member of this organization committed to work safely, ethically, and profitably to improve the communities we work within.
  9. National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) is the leading trade association working exclusively in this incredibly important industry. It takes heavy equipment to do a big job, and ATS is a member of NUCA.

We are pleased to be affiliated and accredited by these organizations because the benefits of our connections help our students to be equipped to become respected in their industry.

Heavy Equipment Operators Have Work All Year

September 16th, 2014

Did you think that heavy equipment operators only work in the summer?

It’s true that many construction and highway workers can get laid off during the winter months, but if you are willing to work in the winter, there’s a lot of work available. Every parking lot and street that gets snowed on will need to be plowed, right? Even if you aren’t working for the Highway Department, there will often be part-time work available with organizations that need a reliable person to keep their pavement clear.

But it isn’t just plowing snow that’s required, because there’s a lot more to getting roads and parking areas clear than plowing. If you have your CDL, some experience, and are willing to obtain a Tanker endorsement you could drive a truck that carries chemicals for de-icing. Operators are needed for rollers, tractors, front-loaders, hi-lifts, and more. It all depends on the area and what the weather is like in the winter.

A lot of material is needed for salt trucks and spreaders, so a lot gets loaded and moved to various strategic points. Ice storms come through and make opportunity for tree removal jobs or disaster cleanup. Winter weather causes big problems and it takes big machinery to keep things moving along.

Getting trained as a heavy equipment operator now means you’ll be ready when the snow flies, even if you have been laid off from your regular job. It’s a good backup plan, but it’s also a good career path because heavy equipment operators really do have work all year long.

2 Ways ATS Helps Your Job Search

September 13th, 2014

When you have graduated from ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School, you aren’t left to find jobs all by yourself. We make sure that students get the skills they need for the training program they choose, but also the skills and support they need to stay employed.

Here’s how:

Employment Assistance

From the moment you join ATS as a student, you have access to the best Employment Assistance in the heavy equipment industry. It starts with a personal interview to help figure out your career goals and the areas you are interested working in. All this information is used to create a custom packet for you at graduation that includes possible employers and jobs in the geographic area you want to live in, along with other helpful information about your skills and training to use when you apply.

The application process is also part of our career services training. Most heavy equipment operators would cheerfully admit they aren’t so great at the office-y part of the employment search, like resume writing and interviews. We help you get ready for that by teaching the “soft skills” you need to get through the hiring process and on the job site operating big machinery.

The Job Site

There’s more help available to our graduates in the form of The Job Site, Total Resources Network. This is a great way to keep in touch with what’s happening in your specialty, connect with employers or potential employers, post your resume and look for jobs. You can filter the database for location or other criteria and it’s pretty much one of the best tools you have in your job search.

As a graduate of ATS you can access this database at any time. If circumstances require you to change locations, you can find a new job in the new town. It’s one of the proofs we have to assure you that you won’t be left alone to find employment by yourself because we are committed to keeping our students and graduates successful.

When Will Heavy Equipment Be Obsolete?

September 11th, 2014

If you go to one of the antique tractor shows popular in rural areas, you will see many things. There may be a tractor pull, where operators compete to get increasingly heavy loads across the ground. It’s likely there will be some kind of food, probably a local favorite, and certainly tasty. There may be categories of equipment, grouped by type or by manufacturer.

And you probably will see many pieces of heavy equipment that once were the latest and greatest and now are curiosities.

So if you are thinking that heavy equipment will be obsolete someday, you are right in one way. It’s certain that a particular type of machinery will become outdated as technology changes. But if you are thinking that heavy equipment will be obsolete someday as a category of machinery, you couldn’t be more wrong.

There Will Always Be A Need For Heavy Equipment

There are always jobs that require large machinery to accomplish. A heavy equipment operator may have to learn how to operate the new machine, but a good operator can easily figure it out. It’s just like the difference in driving when you get behind the wheel of a brand new car.

Particular models of heavy equipment will certainly eventually be obsolete, but the need for some type of heavy equipment will always be there. That’s why ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School makes sure students get experience in as many types of big machines as possible. When you are a little familiar with different kinds of equipment, you can figure it out if you have to operate something new the boss just bought.


Save Your Gas Money For Getting To Work

September 9th, 2014

You know, once you graduate you will need gas money to get to work. Why spend it on getting back and forth to school during training? ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School offers Housing Assistance as part of the financial package we offer. This means you can live at the Water Tower Residence Inn while you are in training and wait to spend money on gas when you are getting a paycheck.

There are both single and double rooms, and each one has air conditioning, color TV with cable, and a small refrigerator. You can keep snacks and drinks available during your study time and be comfortable. When you need to do laundry, there are facilities on site. If you want to hang out in the game room, it’s right there.

You won’t be far from restaurants, grocery stores, and stuff like that. You also aren’t far from ATS so the savings on gas are pretty substantial. We’ve found that students appreciate the location and amenities of the Water Tower Inn and that lifelong friendships can be made after class.

You’ll get to know a lot of people studying for different industries, too. The Water Tower Inn is used by Diesel Truck Driver Training School as well as ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School, and since classes start all year round there’s always someone new to talk to.

Offering housing assistance has proven to be a good way to let students save their money and their energy while they focus on learning the skills that will enhance their future career.

Heavy Equipment Job Listings: September 6, 2014

September 6th, 2014

This week’s job listings go all over the country and across all the specialties ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School covers, from crane or heavy equipment operators to Class-A CDL truck drivers. Once you have your certifications, you can do a lot with the training and skills you get at ATS.

Where do you want to be working next season?

Fort Worth, TX – hiring crane operators

Black River Falls, WI – hiring crane operators

Salt Lake City, UT – hiring crane operators

Burlington, VT – hiring Class- A CDL truck drivers

Stitzer, WI – hiring heavy equipment operators

California – hiring crane operators with NCCCO certifications

Lawrence, MI – hiring heavy equipment operators

Madison, WI – hiring heavy equipment operators

Ignacio, CO – hiring heavy equipment operators

Williston, ND – hiring Class- A CDL truck drivers

Eagle River, WI – hiring heavy equipment operators

Kingsley, PA – hiring heavy equipment operators

Grand Junction, CO – hiring heavy equipment operators and Class- A CDL truck drivers

Green Bay, WI – hiring heavy equipment operators

Colorado Springs, CO – hiring heavy equipment operators

Milwaukee, WI – hiring Class- A CDL truck drivers

Huntington, VA – hiring heavy equipment operators

Brownsville, WI – hiring dump truck drivers

Elwood, IL – hiring heavy equipment operators

Schofield, WI – hiring Class- A CDL truck drivers

Beckley, WV – hiring heavy equipment operators

The job site always has the most recent listings and lots of opportunities to network in your field. Take a look at what’s available and explore the possibilities you have with ATS!


Less Training Results In More Accidents

September 4th, 2014

Why have there been so many construction accidents in the past few years? A recent article on Equipment World’s site by Wayne Grayson takes a look at the problem. OSHA official: Further increase in construction deaths likely; triggered by uptick in activity, less-experienced workers is a sobering assessment of safety on the jobsite.

“We recently investigated deaths at jobsites in Kansas City, Missouri; Framingham, Massachusetts; Brookhaven, Georgia; Bellevue, Washington and Albuquerque, New Mexico,” said Dean McKenzie, the deputy director of OSHA’s directorate for construction. “And that was just one week.”

While this is appalling, the answer is pretty obvious to OSHA. The agency tries to make sure that employers and employees know the safety regulations and follow them so that accidents don’t happen as regularly. But those employers and employees have to be trained, and they have to respect their training. For example, the company doing the demolition of a three-and-a-half-story building in Connecticut had to be stopped before workers were injured:

“It was a brick building built in the early 1900s that they were trying to rehabilitate. The contractor had taken all the interior floor joists that tie the building together so all he had was a brick box,” McKenzie said. “Compliance officers called our engineering office to get our support on how weak this structure would really be and we shut it down until the job could be done safely.”

Imagine the operator of heavy equipment on that job, hoping that the building wouldn’t collapse on top of the work crew. Maybe he even was the guy who called in OSHA when the contractor wouldn’t listen, who knows? What we do know is that the better trained the operators of heavy equipment are, the safer everybody is. There’s a lot of dangerous stuff that happens in construction, and good training keeps it happening safely.

ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School works hard to make sure that our graduates are fully aware of the safety regulations and know how to operate their machine to do the job without any injuries. We want you to have a long, profitable career as a heavy equipment operator known for your expertise and safe practices.

Have You Been To A Backhoe Rodeo?

September 2nd, 2014

Can a backhoe be used to place eggs in a bowl? That’s one of the challenges at the Weber County Fair, where in the second year of the backhoe rodeo contestants try their hand at a lot of things you wouldn’t ordinarily expect a backhoe operator to tackle.

“In front of supporters numbering in the low hundreds at the fair’s 2nd annual Backhoe Rodeo, 28 competitors nimbly manipulated various tractors to gently ease three eggs into a small bowl, three bowling pins into narrow canisters and one each of a basketball, soccer and tennis ball into a garbage can. The machines may not be as fickle as a discontented bull — but mastering them takes years, said Dean Maw, manager of Maw Equipment and the sponsor co-hosting the event with Weber County.” – Ben Lockhart, Standard-Examiner Staff

“It takes a lot of getting used to a lot of seat time,” said Nathan Skeen, from North Ogden, who has been riding the machinery for 15 years. “Everybody can kind of run one everybody can get on and kind of play with it, but it takes a know-how to know where to move the dirt or kind of what to do with it to get the job done.”

According to the article, Justin Anderson, from rural Weber County west of Ogden, took home the first prize of $300 and an embroidered jacket. Second place gets $200, and third place gets $100. Not everybody can maneuver this piece of heavy equipment to get such detailed jobs done, but it sure is impressive to watch them do it.

Backhoes are one of the most versatile pieces of heavy equipment, and those who have been trained to operate them continue to develop skills worthy of a rodeo just by being on the job, in the seat, doing what they are paid to do. If you are interested in operating a backhoe as a skilled professional, ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School is a good place to start.


Heavy Equipment Job Listings: August 30, 2014

August 30th, 2014

Heavy Equipment School has a good list of available jobs this week. We hope you find something you can sink your teeth into. Take a look at these:

  • Paw Paw, MI hiring heavy equipment operators.
  • Marshfield, WI hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers.
  • Green Bay, WI hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers.
  • Prior Lake, MN hiring heavy equipment operators.
  • Superior, WI hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers.
  • Lowell, WI hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers.
  • Covington, LA hiring mobile crane operators.
  • Greenville, WI hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers.
  • La Crosse, WI hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers.
  • Wausau, WI hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers.
  • AMHERST, WI hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers.
  • OSHKOSH, WI hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers.
  • SAN ANTONIO, TX hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers.
  • OMAHA, NE hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers.
  • San Antonio, TX hiring mobile crane operators.
  • Coldwater, MI hiring heavy equipment operators.
  • Mt Vernon, IA hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers.
  • Royersford, PA hiring heavy equipment operators.
  • Riverdale, IL hiring heavy equipment operators.
  • Ignacio, CO hiring mobile crane operators.
  • Marshall, MO hiring heavy equipment operators.
  • Wyocena, WI hiring heavy equipment operators.
  • Columbia, SC hiring heavy equipment operators.
  • Evans City, PA hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers.

Do you see a trend here? All across the country truck driving jobs are opening up. Now is the time to get your truck driver training and set your career on the right path.

* 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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