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Heavy Equipment Job Listings: January 31, 2015

January 31st, 2015

Every week, you’ll see a different list of job openings for heavy equipment operators. Sometimes a few Class-A CDL truck driver positions are on the list, and sometimes you’ll see some crane operators being needed. What you won’t see is those jobs being outsourced to another country, because the thing that needs to be moved is here. If it has to be hauled, shoved, or lifted in this country, then the haulers, shovers, and lifters have to be here, too.

The Employment Assistance department at ATS has a huge database of job leads. If you are a graduate of ATS, you have lifetime access to that database, and it is being updated all the time. Employers trust the training at ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School and prove that trust by making sure ATS students and grads know about openings.

When you are an ATS grad you also have free access to the job site. This is a great professional networking source for the skilled trades industries and worth your time to explore all that it offers.

Here’s the list of job openings for this week — good luck with your job search!

STURTEVANT, WI — hiring heavy equipment operators

MADISON, IL – hiring heavy equipment operators

CREVE COEUR, IL – hiring heavy equipment operators

MIDDLETON, WI — hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

BLENKER, WI — hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

COLUMBUS, WI — hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

NAZARETH, PA — hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

FOND DU LAC, WI — hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

OAK CREEK, WI — hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

MADISON, WI — hiring mobile crane operators

Heavy Equipment Job Listings: January 24, 2015

January 24th, 2015

It is time to add up all your numbers and get ready for tax filing. Did you know that some job hunting expenses can be counted as tax deductions? The IRS has a list of what may be deductible, and it is worth checking into if you have expenses related to a job search. It has to be in the same line of work, though.  If you are a graduate of ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School, those job search expenses are part of your benefits.

This is because there is lifetime, nationwide employment assistance for ATS grads. That’s a huge benefit, because sometimes you have to relocate and find work in another part of the country, and who knows when that will happen? You can’t know the future, but you can know that you will have help finding a job in your field.

There is another benefit of being a graduate of ATS — free access to the Total Resources Network, a site specifically for those in the skilled trades industries. Those two benefits may not be tax deductions since they are free for graduates, but they are available as long as you need them, and worth a whole lot more than one year’s tax filing.

Here are the job listings for this week — hope there is one that catches your eye!

FRANKLIN, WI — hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — hiring crane operators and riggers

SOMERS, WI  – hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

DE FOREST, WI  – hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

SARASOTA, FL — hiring heavy equipment operators

DORCHESTER, MA — hiring heavy equipment operators

HOUSTON, TX — hiring mobile crane operators

BEAVER DAM, WI  – hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

BRISTOL, WI — hiring heavy equipment operators

LA CROSSE, WI  – hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

NEENAH, WI  – hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

WILLISTON, ND  – hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

GOLDEN, CO — hiring heavy equipment operators


Heavy Equipment Job Listing: January 17, 2015

January 17th, 2015

There’s only one job listing this week:

VERNAL, UT – hiring crane operators and riggers

Sometimes jobs are a little scarce, but for a heavy equipment operator there are many opportunities in your community to pick up a side job in the winter. This is the time of year when local road departments need extra drivers, and local businesses need someone to plow the parking lot after a storm. Crane operators and riggers can often find some work in their own area, too.

Local Networking Can Find Local Temporary Work

How does one find a job that isn’t posted anywhere? By keeping an eye out for potential ways to offer your services and networking. The more equipment you know how to operate safely, the better chance you have of finding someone who needs your skills. It may be temporary work, but when you are looking for employment, temporary work pays the bills.

Networking is one of those “soft skills” that really are essential when looking for a job. That’s why the Employment Assistance department at ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School works with every student on things like networking. They have a huge database of job leads because employers trust ATS training, but a local gig may not be advertised to anyone outside the community.

ATS offers lifetime career services to graduates and in addition to the Employment Assistance department there’s also free access to the top networking site in the skilled trades industries, Total Resources Network. Asking around for temporary work is a good thing when you are job hunting, but getting help from professionals who have years of experience finding jobs for ATS graduates is even better.

Two Kinds Of Rigging/Signalperson Credentials Available

January 13th, 2015

Did you know that current Federal OSHA regulations say that ALL riggers and signalpersons must be qualified? That means if you want a job in this valuable field, you have to have the right credentials. Associated Training Services offers a program that exceeds the OSHA requirement and is recognized as one of the best in the crane and lifting industries.

You Can Take It With You

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is the gold standard of the industry and ATS offers this certification as part of the available training options. It’s portable, so as long as you renew it every five years it’s good. If you let it expire, you have to take the NCCCO re-certification exam in combination with another ATS program.

So these are your benefits from this option:

  • OSHA Recognized
  • Industry Recognized
  • Portable – goes with person
  • Opens additional job opportunities
  • Short term – one week
  • Additional credential

Or It Can Be Part On-the-Job Training

There is another way to have this essential credential — as part of your employee training. ATS offers a Rigging/Signalperson Qualification program at the Wisconsin location or by ATS instructors coming to a US site. Both rigger and signalperson subject matter is included, written and practical exams are given, and credentials documenting the training are awarded.
In this case, it’s the OSHA-recognized ATS Qualification, and it is valid for a period of three years. Here are the benefits of this option:
  • OSHA-Recognized
  • Group Discounts
  • Not portable – stays with company
  • Your location or ours
  • Short-term – one day
  • Improves safety awareness

Both of the options for Rigging/Signalperson Certification are good. The one that’s best for your circumstances depends on what you need. If you have more questions about these options, or any of the ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training programs, give us a call at (800)383-7364 or visit the website.

Heavy Equipment Job Listings: January 10, 2015

January 10th, 2015

Happy New Year! It’s the beginning of a year and it could be the beginning of a career in one of the skilled trades industries if you have the required training from a nationally recognized facility like ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School. Our Employment Assistance Department is contacted all the time by employers looking for qualified graduates. Here’s the latest list:

HIBBING, MN — hiring heavy equipment operators

KILLDEER, ND — hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

OCONOMOWOC, WI — hiring heavy equipment operators

RICE LAKE, WI — hiring heavy equipment operators

COLUMBUS, WI — hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

MANISTIQUE, MI — hiring heavy equipment operators

BELLEVILLE, WI — hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

GRIMES, IA – hiring heavy equipment operators

SHREVEPORT, LA — hiring mobile crane operators

SPRINGFIELD, MO — hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

If you don’t see what you are looking for here, ATS graduates are also able to access the Total Resources Network site for free, for life. That’s a great site for networking with other professionals, posting your resume, researching companies and job openings, and exploring the potential in the skilled trades industries.

There are many fields that require a skilled operator who knows how to use the big machinery needed for that industry. Getting your training at ATS is a first step in a career that can take you anywhere you want to go.

4 Things To Look For When Choosing A Training School

January 3rd, 2015

There are many things to be selective about when deciding on a training school for something as important as heavy equipment operator skills. It isn’t enough just to be skilled, for instance. Most employers are very particular about things like certification because their insurance company demands it. But as good as a heavy equipment operator training school is, if these four things aren’t part of the Employment Assistance program, you are going to be missing out on a lot of potential career options:

  1. Job Leads as long as you need them — ATS offers employment assistance for a lifetime and maintains an extensive database of employers who want to hire ATS graduates. That database is available whenever you need it, and the employment assistance personnel are prepared to help. No worries about relocating because the graduate is the customer here and we work with over 4,000 employers nationwide.
  2. Networking Website free for all graduates — the Total Resources Network is a site used by thousands of employers and industry professionals to connect with qualified job seekers. ATS grads can post applications and search for jobs by industry or location with no fees. That means no restrictions of office hours or time zones — you can get off any shift, come home, and job hunt.
  3. Career Counseling that really is personal — ATS starts working with students from the first week of training and develops an employment package tailored to the industries and locations the student is interested in. This package includes a list of potential employers and information helping them find that first job. There’s follow-up, too, to make sure things are going well.
  4. Soft Skills Training for the job seeking process — it isn’t enough to have the knowledge and skills to run heavy equipment. You also have to get through networking, application procedures, and interviews. ATS instructors are all experienced as business owners, construction site foremen, and superintendents so they can help students see what employers look for.


What Does The Future Hold For Heavy Equipment Operators?

December 30th, 2014

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Construction Equipment Operators are predicted to see an increase of 19% in their job outlook — that’s more than the average (11%), and this prediction goes from 2012 to 2022. Why such a difference?

Heavy Equipment Jobs Stay In The Area

You can’t import a ditch already dug or a pipeline already laid. It’s impossible to outsource road or home construction because these things have to be done on the site. Somebody working in a call center might see their job go overseas — somebody needing a crane or backhoe has to find a person to operate that equipment where the job site is located, right here in this country.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t lots of opportunities for heavy equipment operators to find work in other countries if they want it. It does mean the operator goes where the work is and the work is tied to the location.

The More Equipment You Can Run, The More Jobs You Can Do

The ATS Advantage is that students and graduates get more than exposure to a variety of equipment that enables flexibility on the job. That flexibility is good, but the great news is that the training is the best and it comes with financial assistance, housing, and lifetime employment assistance.

Since ATS has successfully trained thousands of graduates in heavy equipment operation, mobile crane operation, and Class-A CDL driving, there is an abundance of experience to share. There are many types of equipment that students are exposed to, because in real life you will encounter that variety.

The lifetime assistance in employment gives flexibility too — if the job market dries up where you are at, you always have help finding something new in our comprehensive job database.

Mud and Heavy Equipment Mean Caution Ahead

December 27th, 2014

The logging industry uses a lot of heavy equipment, and loggers love frozen ground because it is stable ground. But according to a recent study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the time they have to operate on frozen ground is getting shorter. In fact, the winter logging season has gradually shortened by 2-3 weeks since 1948. Because logging and mud don’t mix, the industry has changed the species it targets and the predictions for harvesting. This is significant change in an industry that relies on a particular type of heavy equipment operator — one who can be a logger too.

Mud Means Danger

Mud isn’t just messy. For heavy equipment operators, it changes the way the machines move around the site and adds hazards to regular operations. Wheels spin, things get stuck, and everything is slippery. Mud is dangerous when machines are being used. That’s why changing weather affects so many in the heavy equipment field — a January thaw might mean work has to be put on hold until it freezes again.

Soil identification is part of the training in the Heavy Equipment Operator Training Programs at ATS because different types of soils affect the work that can be done. For logging, trees growing in soils that become unstable in wet conditions are not able to be harvested when it’s muddy. Therefore the industry targets trees growing in soil that drains well and isn’t as dangerous in a thaw.

On any site there are potential dangers with a weather change. Because it’s so important to pay attention to the ground beneath the equipment, every student at ATS learns what to look for in soil conditions.


Heavy Equipment Operator Tip: Gravity Always Wins

December 23rd, 2014

We hear it from the time we are small: warnings about the possibility of falling when we are in a hurry. When the location is a large piece of heavy equipment, rushing to get on or off always has the potential for an accident. Adding wintry conditions and bulky clothing increases the possibility into a probability.

The Main Cause of Falls From Heavy Equipment


That isn’t a funny comment, that’s the truth. If you think that losing your balance or slipping will not result in going down, you are not thinking clearly. Unless you are working on the space station in zero gravity, you have to keep your mind on what you are doing when climbing up or down a giant machine because the ground is far enough away to hurt when you hit. Add the torque of catching your clothing on a snag or banging into metal while you fall and the results are painful. They also are job- or life-threatening.

Safety Rules You Can’t Ignore

When you get your heavy equipment operator training at a reputable school like ATS, one of the big themes you hear repeated is safety. The rules regarding heavy equipment safety have been developed through sad experience. See if you can imagine what happens if one of these rules is ignored:

  • 3 points of contact at all times when getting on or off 
  • pre-trip inspection for loose bolts or icy surfaces
  • use the handrails and steps on the equipment; never jump off
  • face the equipment when getting on or off
  • never get on or off a moving piece of equipment
  • keep cabs clean and uncluttered
  • wear non-slip boots

Each one of these rules has a story behind it, told by countless operators who learned the hard way that gravity always wins.




Heavy Equipment Job Listings: December 20, 2014

December 20th, 2014

There’s a slight difference in the job listings this week — see those “local CDL drivers” being hired? It’s a mistake to assume that all truck driving jobs will be long-haul. In fact, many of the positions listed on the job site are local, where you go home to family every night. Many industries need CDL drivers so the possibilities are endless.

Heavy equipment operators and Class-A CDL drivers are versatile jobs. Once you have the training, you can branch out all over the country doing just about anything you want to do:

MADISON, IL — Hiring heavy equipment operators

READING, PA — Hiring heavy equipment operators and local CDL drivers

PUEBLO, CO — Hiring Class-A CDL drivers

HILLPOINT, WI  – Hiring Class-A CDL drivers

OMAHA, NE – Hiring heavy equipment operators and local CDL drivers

SPRINGFIELD, MO  – Hiring Class-A CDL drivers

NEENAH, WI  – Hiring Class-A CDL drivers

WILLISTON, ND – Hiring heavy equipment operators

ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School spends a lot of time with students to make sure they are ready to be employed. The Employment Assistance starts with personal career counseling, continues with training in the “soft skills” needed for the job search, and keeps on going after graduation. Every graduate is given a personalized job list to start their career with. What’s better, the employment assistance lasts a lifetime because our job database is available to every graduate.


* 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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