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4 Ways Your Company Succeeds With ATS

July 31st, 2014

ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School is qualified to provide Employer Specific Specialized Training. What does that mean? It means that we can customize our curriculum and provide you with experienced instructors to get your work crew trained for the environment you work in, the type of work you do, the needs of your customers, and the regulations you must follow.

ATS-Specialized offers this specialized training on your site or our training site, in four ways:

  • NCCCO Crane Operator Training, Testing and Certification
  • OSHA Compliant Rigging & Signal Person Training, Testing and Qualification
  • NCCER Heavy Equipment Training, Testing and Qualification
  • Class-A CDL Commercial Driver Training, Testing and Licensing

There’s even some federal and state funding available in the form of the Incumbent Worker Training Program and we can help you figure out if you qualify for this help. Each one of the four certifications, qualifications, and licensing are standard benchmarks of quality that insurance and safety regulations may require of your business. But the actual implementation of that work goes beyond the standard and is unique to many job sites.

If you are involved with a job requiring standards above and beyond the normal processes or you have employees who need any of these four basic training procedures, ATS-Specialized can provide the specific training you need. We can even travel to the site so that training is immediately applicable and any variables are accounted for in the curriculum.

The extensive experience gleaned  from five decades of training top-quality heavy equipment operators and truck drivers can be used to your advantage with ATS-Specialized Training for your work crew.

What Do Heavy Equipment Operators Need To Know?

July 29th, 2014

In one sense, it sort of sounds like a heavy equipment operator does just one thing: operate a big machine. But there’s a lot more to heavy equipment operation than being at the controls of a bulldozer or anything like it. In order to be a good operator, you need to be able to do things like this:

  • Grade Reading — because the way the ground is now is not the way it should be when you are finished
  • Soil Identification — because dirt does not act the same all the time
  • Site Layout — because your machine might not fit where you thought it would
  • Laser Levels — because it’s easy to get cockeyed
  • Safety Procedures — because you work with other people and everybody wants to go home tonight
  • Heavy Equipment Maintenance — because your machine isn’t magic

Heavy Equipment Operator Training has to include far more than simply learning to work the machine because your goal is a career, not a ride. All the extra stuff that is part of earth moving and excavation is included in the studies at ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School because it’s part of the job. You’ll learn how to work with a crew on different types of equipment and different types of job sites because the real heavy equipment jobs are in new places all the time.

When you are operating heavy equipment, usually the job site is changing as you work. You can’t assume things will be the same way they were yesterday and you have to be able to assess what’s happening now. We do our best to get you prepared for the real world of heavy equipment and a fulfilling career.

Heavy Equipment Job Listings: July 26, 2014

July 26th, 2014

This week there’s a big assortment of jobs being listed, from local truck drivers (one averages $60,000!) and other types of CDL jobs to heavy equipment and crane operators. It’s always interesting to see which areas of the country are looking for drivers and operators, isn’t it? If you get your training at ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School, you get all the advantage of decades worth of experience and you’ll be prepared for the right job when it comes along.

Janesville, WI – hiring local CDL truck drivers

Ashland, WI – hiring local truck drivers

Marshfield, WI – hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

Deforest, WI – hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers and heavy equipment operators

Amherst, WI – hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

Omaha, NE – hiring heavy equipment operators

Aurora, TX – hiring crane operators

Elkhorn, WI – hiring truck drivers for food delivery. Drivers avg $60,000

Once you graduate from ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School, there’s a lifetime promise of employment assistance and access to the Total Resources Network, a professional job site that brings together everyone interested in the long term sustainability of the vital skilled trades industries. There’s a database that’s constantly being updated with potential connections and more…all available to ATS graduates.


Excavator Mistakes Start Here

July 24th, 2014

There are a lot of ways an excavator operator can get into trouble. Some of them are dangerous, like undercutting your machine when digging a trench, or working on a slope the wrong way. Others are really kind of funny, like Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. In this classic children’s book, the challenge to do the work in a day leads to forgetting they’d need a ramp to get out of the construction pit they just dug.

It Starts With A Plan

Part of the reason Mike Mulligan is a sympathetic character is because we all forget to plan sometimes. In Mike’s case, he was in a hurry to get the job done so he missed a step because he was looking at the goal. Who hasn’t done this? It’s very easy to be so focused on digging the trench or the pit that you realize you are stuck only when it happens.

An experienced excavator will look over the job and visualize all the potential hangups before beginning to dig. Mike was experienced, but he was in a hurry so he ignored his experience. In real life, Mike probably would have been able to figure out how to get his steam shovel Mary Anne out of the predicament he’d put her in. Real life experience learns how to deal with mistakes.

Before planning a particular job it’s a good idea to get the best heavy equipment operator training so you learn from your instructors’ mistakes. Carefully collecting the training and certifications you need to be a professional excavator prepares you for any job. It may not be as amusing as Mike Mulligan and Mary Anne in their predicament, but it will be a lot more rewarding to avoid as many mistakes as possible.

Why ATS Trains On Several Kinds Of Heavy Equipment

July 22nd, 2014

There’s a good reason why Associated Training Services deliberately gets our students on several different types of heavy equipment during training. We’ve seen that your ability to operate one kind of big machine doesn’t necessarily mean you can jump on another and know how to use it safely.

Since most heavy equipment operators will be on a job with several types of equipment, there’s always a chance you could be asked to run something you don’t usually operate. If you have at least been exposed to it during training, you’ll have a better idea of how to do it. During training, you’ll be on many different machines:

  • Backhoes
  • Scrapers
  • Bulldozers
  • Graders
  • Skid Steer Loaders
  • Wheel Loaders
  • Excavators
  • Off-Road Haul Trucks
  • Front End Loaders
  • All-Terrain Forklifts

Each one has a different function and operates with slightly different controls because of that function. This isn’t like going from a sedan to an SUV, and the stakes are much higher. The more familiar you are with different machinery, the more valuable you are as an employee because you can be trusted with incredibly expensive equipment.

There’s another reason why we expose students to different types of heavy equipment during training; you get an idea of what you like and don’t like to run. If you know for sure that you love using a backhoe but hate using a forklift, that’s good to know before applying for a job that requires you to be the main forklift operator.

ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School has been putting people and machines together successfully for a long time — all kinds of people, and all kinds of heavy equipment.

Heavy Equipment Job Listings — July 19, 2014

July 19th, 2014

This week’s job listings cover some different areas of the country: the heights of the Rocky Mountains and the wide prairies of Oklahoma, and more. One of the great things about being a well-trained heavy equipment operator from a certified school like ATS is the lifetime nationwide employment assistance that gives you the foundation for working in many different locations. It’s an adventure!

Berthoud, CO – hiring crane operators

Adams, WI – hiring local truck drivers

Milwaukee, WI – hiring class-a cdl truck drivers

Broken Arrow, OK – hiring heavy equipment operators

Middlebury, VT – hiring heavy equipment operators

Palmer, AK – hiring crane operators

Menomonie Falls, WI – hiring local delivery drivers

Cary, NC – hiring dozer, excavator and pan operators

You will find opportunities like these every day on the Total Resources Network website. Being a graduate of ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School gives you access to a lot of job opportunities, and it’s up to you to choose the best situation for you and your family.

Whether you need to relocate for family reasons or just want to see what another part of the country is like, these two resources are the first place to look for positions. You will find that we have knowledge of employment opportunities because of our reputation for training excellent professionals. Take advantage of the ATS advantage and find a job today.

The Value of The ATS Advantage

July 17th, 2014

When you are trying to figure out where to get training, it’s a good idea to look at the philosophy, experience, and goals that the school offers. Associated Training Services has a clear explanation of those very things called “The ATS Advantage,” and there are good reasons why this advantage is valuable.

Philosophy Explains Why ATS Exists

Quality, Integrity, and Pride were the key words chosen as our motto over twenty years ago by company president John Klabacka. Each one of these words holds a meaning that expands beyond the letters to the idea behind them.

Quality is the high standard of excellence in every aspect of ATS, from the equipment and instructors to the services and facilities. We choose the best in order to train the best.

Integrity is the honest, strong moral character that is the foundation for choices made at ATS. We choose to act with integrity both professionally and personally because we know how essential integrity is to success.

Pride is the result of doing a good job. Being responsible for behavior, putting effort into improvement, and seeing things change is the source of our pride.

Experience Explains How ATS Got Where We Are

The National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) develops and publishes standardized construction and maintenance curricula, safety programs, management education, and more. The NCCER certification is the gold standard for employees in the industry — and ATS is recognized as a participating organization in the curriculum textbooks published by NCCER.

We’ve been doing this long enough to work through the rough spots and create a complete package of housing, financing, and training that doesn’t stop at graduation because we also offer lifetime employment assistance to graduates.

Goals Explain Where ATS Is Going

Our students are also our customers, and the primary goal of ATS is to produce satisfied customers. With the offer of lifetime employment assistance, you know that we are looking at the long haul. Since we are going for the long term goal of safe, high quality, enjoyable learning experiences that result in lifetime careers, we regularly evaluate the job we are doing to make sure we are on the right route.




5 Ways ATS Trains Crane Operators and Riggers

July 15th, 2014

One of the highest paid categories of heavy equipment operation is the crane operator, and the rigger is an essential partner in the operator’s mission. Because this is such an important job on a site, most states and insurance companies will require certifications for both positions. ATS is fully qualified to provide the training and certifications you need to hold both of these key spots on a work crew.

Our program can prepare and test you on both written and practical NCCCO exams; the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators and the recognized gold standard in the field. You can get experience opterating swing and fixed cab, lattice and articulated boom mobile hydraulic cranes along with a good foundation in the safety regulations.

Choose The Program You Need

There are five different types of NCCCO training offered at ATS:

  • Mobile Crane Operations 1 — beginning level
  • Mobile Crane Operations 2 — secondary level
  • NCCCO Mobile Crane Operator Prep/Test — only for experienced operators & offered through a business
  • NCCCO Rigger/Signalperson Certification — a vital position for the safety of everyone
  • Specialized Crane Operator Programs — we work with you to provide the specific training needed

Every one of these programs has had hundreds of graduates over the years, and those graduates have gone on to provide valuable service by expertly performing their job. Employers trust the training that you get at ATS and the proof of your competence in passing the NCCCO exams means you are a valued employee.

If you are interested in becoming a mobile crane operator or rigger/signalperson, the most important thing on your resume is an NCCCO certification because it verifies your professional status.

Heavy Equipment Job Listings — July 12, 2014

July 12th, 2014

This week there are a lot of job listings all over the country, and many of them are CDL drivers. Did you know when you come to ATS for training as a heavy equipment operator that it only takes two to four more weeks to get your CDL training, as well? That simple investment puts you in the enviable position of being able to do a lot more on the job site and you will usually get the job at a higher wage. This is because you are more valuable to your employer. The return on your investment is pretty high, and many heavy equipment operators will also get their CDL for that reason.

Here are a few of the jobs available:

Amherst, WI. H.O. WOLDING hiring CDL drivers.

Mentor, OH. hiring boom truck operators.

Baraboo, WI. hiring dump truck drivers.

Janesville, WI. hiring CDL truck drivers.

Tulsa, OK. hiring heavy equipment operators.

Elbert, CO. hiring heavy equipment operators.

Sauk City, WI. hiring CDL truck drivers.

Neenah, WI. hiring CDL truck drivers

Fond Du Lac, WI. hiring CDL truck drivers

Wasilla, AK. hiring heavy equipment operators.

Green Bay, WI. hiring CDL truck drivers

Madison WI. hiring CDL truck drivers

Traverse City, MI. hiring heavy equipment operators and crane operators.

Hernando, FL. hiring Crane operators and riggers

Trego, WI. hiring CDL truck drivers

You’ll find a constantly updated source of information at the Total Resources Network website, and as an ATS graduate you can use all the services on the site.

What Do You Think About Safety?

July 10th, 2014

A factory owner once said that when he investigated workplace accidents, most of the time he was told, “I didn’t think it would do that.” His response usually was, “that’s right, you didn’t think!

It’s easy to get accustomed to being around danger when you are working around heavy equipment and machinery. After all, most of the time things are fine, so the sense of caution begins to go away. Here’s a few of the safety rules you do have to keep thinking:

  • Communication is essential. Hand signals, two way radios, high-visibility vests and helmets, and a backup warning alarm have to be used so that everybody knows where everybody else is. In the contest between human bodies and big machines, the machine wins every time.
  • Rollover protection and seat belts save lives. A lot of dead operators didn’t think it would tip and they were wrong.
  • Hearing protection and other safety gear are there for a reason. You might not think it is going to make you deaf but wait a few years ……
  • Hold on to the safety handles when you get off the machine. Jumping off the equipment is something that the guy with the broken ankle didn’t think would happen.
  • Inspecting and maintaining your equipment keeps you from mistakenly thinking everything is working fine. Do a pre-shift walk around to make sure.

These are the safety rules that get repeated over and over (along with a lot of other good information) when you get your heavy equipment operator training at ATS. It gets said in different ways at different times until you think you will never forget it. That’s the plan — we want you to know the safety procedures so well that even if you aren’t thinking, you’ll still be automatically following the rules and everybody will stay safe.

* 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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