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How To Tell If This Job Is For You

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Sometimes, you get into a career field and find out it takes abilities you struggle with. One great way to see what’s involved with a type of job is O*NET OnLine. This is a tool for career exploration and job analysis, and it’s a good place to see what a job will actually be like before you start training.

For instance, a search for heavy equipment operator results in a big list of possible matches, with the top item being Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators. The summary report has different sections in short bullet lists:

  • Tasks like “coordinate machine actions with other activities, positioning or moving loads in response to hand or audio signals from crew members.”
  • Tools & Technology like probable machinery and software used.
  • Knowledge like building, construction, and mechanical information.
  • Skills like controlling, monitoring, and troubleshooting equipment.
  • Abilities like multilimb coordination, manual dexterity, problem sensitivity, and reaction time.
  • Work Activities like operating equipment, getting information, communication, and problem solving.
  • Work Context like being outdoors, wearing safety gear, whole body vibrations, and noise.
  • and more

It’s a good way to see a little bit more about the details of different kinds of jobs, and most job descriptions don’t really get into skills and abilities in quite the same way. There are many kinds of jobs listed on the site, with similar information. Once you have explored a bit, you’ll notice that many of the heavy equipment operating jobs mention training. This is because most employers want a certain level of knowledge backed up with certification for insurance reasons.

One of the best places to get the training you’ll need is ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School. You’ll get the foundational preparation you need for any job involving heavy equipment, and you’ll get help finding a job, too.

Heavy Equipment Job Listings: June 1, 2014

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Once again, there’s a lot of variety in this week’s job listings. Being trained at ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School gives you exposure to many types of equipment, and adding the CDL Truck Driving Program to your training means you’ll be able to apply to any one of these openings.

Westfield, IN - Hiring crane operators and Class-A CDL truck drivers

Seymour, IN - hiring heavy equipment operators

Baton Rouge, LA - hiring heavy equipment operators

Blue Mound, WI - hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

Lafayette, LA - hiring crane operators

Madison, MS - hiring crane operator

Grand Rapids, MI - hiring crane operators

Topeka, KS - hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

Green Bay, WI - Hiring heavy equipment operators

Broken Arrow, OK - Hiring heavy equipment operators

Greenland, NH - hiring crane operators

OMAHA, NE - hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

Nampa, ID - hiring heavy equipment operators

Middleton, WI - Hiring Local Class-A CDL truck drivers

Dubuque, IA - Hiring Local Class-A CDL truck drivers

The need for people who can expertly handle heavy equipment is always going to be with us and the Total Resources Network is a great way to connect all the dots for those in the industries that use big machines to do big jobs. Whether you are just starting out or looking to relocate with years of experience behind you, this is a good place to start.

Stay Healthy On An Outside Job

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Most heavy equipment operators are going to be working outside when they are working. For many, this is exactly why they love what they do, because they love being outdoors. But it also means that there’s a good chance they will be exposed to any or all of the hazards to outdoor workers that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) warns against:

  • physical hazards like extreme hot or cold, lightning, sunburn & skin cancer, excessive noise and vibration damaging ears and body
  • biological hazards like diseases from insect bites (ie. Lyme disease ), venomous bites and stings, poisonous plants
  • other hazards like chemicals or job site contaminants

Hazards for heavy equipment operators are not a reason to quit. They are a reason to be wise. Every job has hazards, right? The thing is to be aware of the potential and be prepared for the reality.

Be aware of the potential hazards on your particular job site. If you know it’s going to be hot, bring enough appropriate drinks to stay hydrated. That means you can’t be chugging soft drinks all day, but having water and sports drinks in high heat scenarios would be smart. Wear sunscreen and reapply it at break, and take the breaks in the shade. Your job site has hazards – it’s up to you to know what they are and what to do about it.

Be prepared for the reality of how your job affects your body. If you are sitting on top of a backhoe in the sun all day long, you will be sunburned and sore by the end of a sunny day. Wear eye and ear protection and adjust your seating so your body isn’t strained as you work. Look for ticks at the end of the day and report any bites. Pay attention to any safety regulations your employer asks you to follow.

Heavy equipment operators do best when they are trained and knowledgeable about the job they will be doing. ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School is a good way to get ready for a career that will give you the chance to do your job outside, just where you want to be working.

Heavy Equipment Job Listings: May 17, 2014

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

This week’s job listings cover the country and a lot of industries. The Job Site has a constantly updated list of openings and these are a highlights of what graduates of Associated Training Services Heavy Equipment Operator Training School can find. Total resources for your career are on that site, from networking with all sorts of helpful people to matching your own qualifications with an employer’s wish list. There are more to be discovered for your job search, so take a look at the work available:

Dickinson, ND - Hiring heavy equipment operators and riggers

Ames, IA - Hiring heavy equipment Operators

Oxford, MI - Hiring heavy equipment operators for utility and demo sites

Horicon, WI - Hiring CDL-A drivers to haul cars

Madison, WI - Hiring CDL-B dump truck drivers

Keene, ND - Hiring heavy equipment operators and CDL-A dump truck drivers

Kiel, WI - Hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

Houston, TX - Hiring Class-A,B,C truck drivers

International Falls, MN - Hiring Class-A CDL truck drivers

Cookeville, TN - Hiring heavy equipment operators

There’s a good general description of what these jobs entail here. You can see a short list of the tasks and general activities performed by heavy equipment operators, commercial truck drivers, and crane operators. Each list is a bit different, but they all share the need to be well-trained, certified professionals in order to do the job the right way. You can get that training and certification at ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School. 

 

 

The Past, Present, and Future of Heavy Equipment Safety

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Have you ever visited an antique tractor show? Some of them have exhibit barns full of big equipment from the past, and boy, has safety come a long way. You’d think there’d still be blood and entrails on some of the early farm equipment. It is so dangerous! Nothing protecting the rider/operator from the moving parts — the driver’s seat is a little metal thing suspended in mid-air above gears, and the foot controls are a recipe for disaster. It’s obvious that every safety measure in the history of heavy equipment has been the result of tragedy.

That’s the past. Today, the present safety measures almost seem like an overload to many operators, but it’s a good idea to be reminded of why they are there. Safety isn’t something that can be completely regulated because an accident happens in real-time and can’t be predicted with accuracy. That’s why ATS trains every student in classroom knowledge of safety regulations and seat time application while operating real equipment because someone who knows the possibilities can respond faster than somebody who panics at a new situation. Accidents on the job are not always operator error, but the operator who is alert and well-trained can keep the accidents from compounding.

The future of heavy equipment safety is hard to predict, because technology will let manufacturers design and build machinery that makes today’s heavy equipment look as scary as those exhibit barns full of antique death traps. But one thing is sure, if you get your training at an accredited provider with National Certifications the safety training will keep up with the times. ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School has the experience from our past, the National Certifications right now for your training needs, and the commitment to maintain our high standards of training operators who know how to do the job safely in the future.

Heavy Equipment Job Listings: April 19, 2014

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

You can tell that Spring is here because the weather has gone into that crazy pattern people still are surprised at, even though it happens every year. One day it is hot, then a cold front blows through, then it warms up again. Still, the changing weather heralds the warmer weather and the onset of busy times for heavy equipment operators. This week we have so many openings on the list from the job site, it’s like dandelions popping up in the yard.

Newport, DE – hiring heavy equipment and crane operators

Southampton, NJ – hiring heavy equipment operators

Bozeman, MT – hiring heavy equipment operators

Hayward, WI – hiring heavy equipment operators

Minot, ND – hiring crane operators

Anchorage, AK – hiring crane operators

Reedsville, WI – hiring crane operators

Avon, MN – hiring heavy equipment operators

Dickinson, WY – hiring crane operators

Williston, ND – hiring CDL drivers

Shawano, WI – hiring heavy equipment operators

Houston, TX – hiring crane operators

Stillwater, MN – hiring heavy equipment operators

Green Bay, WI – hiring CDL drivers

Ft Worth, TX – hiring heavy equipment operators

I hope you already have your certifications from ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School so you can get in at the location you are interested in. All over the country, jobs are popping up like dandelions for operators who are qualified by becoming graduates of an accredited program like ATS and if you skip this step, you just might be passed over as an applicant. New sessions start soon, so you might want to look into getting that certification today.

The Shovel’s Descendant Is The Excavator

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Do you know how a lot of the work used to be done in this country? By teams of men with shovels, spending their lives digging tunnels and trenches. Many of the roads and railroad tracks still in use today were first established by a lot of shovels working hard to do the job. The guy using the shovel had to learn the best technique so he could move a lot of dirt without hurting himself or others. It took muscle, intelligence, and skill to keep moving that shovel every long day and get the job done.

Today, an excavator can do the work so quickly and efficiently you’d think the ghosts of those guys with shovels would be standing around in awe. Some machines are small enough to be towed by a car, and other excavators are able to scoop several tons in one big bucket, but they all are operated by someone who learned the same basics in training.

Every excavator operator learns how to operate the equipment safely, how to read the soil and understand site plans, and how to identify problems during maintenance so little issues don’t turn into big ones. It’s a lot different than working a shovel although those guys had to learn safety skills and techniques, too. Today’s excavator operators still need intelligence and skill to get the job done. ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School can get you ready to run an excavator in an entry level job within a few weeks, and you can develop the experience and skills you need to further your career. Having the basic training and certification gives a solid foundation to build on, just like those shovel-wielding men in the past built the foundations of the roads we use today.

 

15 Safety Tips For Bulldozer Operators

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Safely operating a bulldozer is very important because it is such a powerful machine that serious injury and death are real probabilities when something goes wrong.

  1. only qualified operators should be on a bulldozer
  2. seatbelts should always be used
  3. operators must follow proper lockout, blockout, and tagout procedures
  4. flaggers must be assigned where signs and barricades cannot control traffic
  5. bulldozers should be kept away from overhead power lines and water mains
  6. warning devices must be heard through the entire worksite
  7. shut off engine when refueling
  8. bulldozer must have rollover protection structures
  9. if there isn’t a specified hand or foot hold, don’t climb there
  10. know what will be potentially hazardous, like structures that are taller than the machine and can collapse 
  11. use proper systems and procedures to secure unattended bulldozers from movement
  12. never use a bulldozer that has not been inspected pre-shift — fluid levels, brakes, signals, etc.
  13. be aware of changes on the work site that will affect safety, excavations, etc.
  14. no passengers. Period
  15. always park on level ground

Just about every accident on a bulldozer is the result of someone ignoring safety precautions. Sometimes they do it because nothing happened the last time, or they think they can control a situation. You’ll run into some operators who refuse to wear safety belts, for instance, because they think they can jump off if the machine tips — those are the guys who go flying wildly off the seat instead. The result is not good.

When you become certified at ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School, you are taught the reasons behind the rules, and understand what you are doing when you get into the seat of a bulldozer or any other machinery we train you on. That’s why our graduates are sought out by employers who want qualified operators on the job.

 

Want Variety? Be A Backhoe Operator

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Backhoes are one of the most versatile pieces of heavy equipment you can learn to operate at ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training Schools. On the job, the backhoe does the work of a loader and the work of an excavator along with a versatility that comes from a variety of attachments and the skill of the operator to maneuver accurately in tight situations.

Good backhoe operators are in demand because of that versatility. One piece of equipment can dig trenches, fill them in again, move heavy building materials around, and even do light bulldozing work. Attachments can include breakers, augers, grapples, and shank rippers; each designed to do a specific job effectively. It all depends on the ability of the operator to use the machine intelligently.

Our training includes backhoes, as well as loaders, scrapers, excavators, bulldozers, graders, and more. We know that training on a number of types of equipment gives a student exposure to the different techniques needed and that only comes from real experience at the controls. The classroom sessions give a good overall understanding of the use of the many types of machinery and the training gives the foundation for the skills to develop with experience. Choosing to be trained at an accredited facility like ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School allows you qualify for a lot of types of financial aid, too, which is a huge relief for many who are looking for options in their future career.

Being a backhoe operator will put you in a job with constantly changing challenges that you will be able to meet successfully by applying your training to the problem. It is definitely not a boring job.

Heavy Equipment Simulators vs In-The-Seat Training

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Some folks have been playing video games where they “operate” heavy equipment to build their own house or create a town. Others point to actual high-tech simulators built by manufacturers of heavy equipment for training purposes and wonder if it’s the same thing as the video game, only more expensive. Then there’s the old-fashioned guys saying, “ya gotta learn it by the seat of yer pants or it ain’t gonna work.”

So, what is the truth about simulators?

Well, a video game is going to be like a video game. You will get some head knowledge if it is created to be educational, and it has a value in that way. It’s also fun. If you like big machinery of course a game where you use it will be fun. But it won’t give you a sense of what you are actually doing when you get in the seat of that grader or backhoe.

Simulators built by the manufacturer are designed for training to use a specific type of equipment. You will be sitting at controls like the crane or whatever and be looking at a screen that shows you the effects of what you are doing with those controls. Some even will have a few effects like seat tilting. They are not designed to be entertainment; they are designed to be a safe and effective way to begin the training process so your mistakes don’t have real-life consequences.

In-the-seat training is best done after you have a good idea of what you are doing, just like it’s a good idea to know a lot about driving before you get on the road. And, like driving a car, you develop reactions that become automatic as you spend time in real life doing it. It takes time and experience out in the weather, in the seat, to really get the hang of operating heavy equipment.

At ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School, we make sure you are ready to be in the seat before you are expected to operate big machinery. Then you get that in-the-seat experience which only comes from operating many kinds of machinery in real life, and that gets you trained and certified to be a valuable employee worth hiring.

* 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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