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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.

3 Reasons Housing Is Included In ATS Training

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Housing is part of the deal when you come to ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School. Here’s why:

  1. We have found that giving our students a safe, comfortable place to stay helps them do better in the program.
  2. Housing is available for all students.
  3. It frees your mind to focus on learning the information and skills you are paying for.

Once you enroll in your studies, we reserve a room at the Water Tower Residence Inn for the full length of your training. Your room is equipped with cable TV, air conditioning, refrigerators, and access to laundry facilities. It’s an easy walk to restaurants and grocery stores, and it’s about four miles from Associated Training Services (ATS). There are 62 rooms at the Inn and you will meet other ATS students there, at different points in their training since our classes start every three weeks.

We have found that this solution to the problem of housing has been part of what our graduates appreciated during their stay. Friendships were formed when groups went out to eat together after class, studies were enhanced by not worrying about extra hotel bills and a place in the room to read, and it will be that way for you too. It’s nice to be able to kick back and relax instead of driving back and forth from a distant hotel you found on the internet and regret.

Why Do You Need A CDL For Heavy Equipment?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Technically, you do not need a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) to operate heavy equipment, it’s true. But if you have your CDL, you are going to be much more valuable to an employer, and it can make the difference between getting hired or getting a raise or staying home looking for work that pays the bills. Because of this, ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School includes short-term truck driver training for those who want to take their career to this higher level.

Driving a tractor-trailer to move heavy equipment to the next job site is necessary with anything that uses tracks instead of wheels. This equipment is slow, heavy, and often wide. To take it down the road would tie up traffic and probably mess up the surface. So a flatbed or lowboy trailer is used; the equipment is driven up a ramp, tied down, and moved by towing the trailer. If you can show a CDL and a training certificate from ATS (a respected school in this business), you are ahead of the rest.

In four weeks at the most, you will be prepared to take the CDL road test. You’ll know Department of Transportation rules & regulations, how to drive heavy equipment on roads, how to back heavy equipment, coupling, uncoupling, pre-trip inspections, and all the rest. ATS started out in truck driver training, so we know the value of this skill.

Employers know that value too and are willing to pay more for an employee who can operate heavy equipment plus drive any of the trucks that may be needed to transport it. The more skills you have, the more valuable you are as an employee. Check into our CDL Truck Driving Program and see how you can be the one who gets the job because you have the right training.



Top Reasons Heavy Equipment Needs Hardfacing

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Heavy equipment moves mountains — and even though the bulldozers, scrapers, and other machines are made of strong metals, they use a network of hardfacing material, a wear-resistant layer of metal ridges, to protect the parts that contact the ground. It extends the life of the machine by adding a renewable surface.

Usually hardfacing, or hardsurfacing, is done by welders in patterns or ridges to reduce the weight, save money, and save time. Typically a welder lays down lines two beads wide and one bead high — about 0.25 inches by 0.125 inches. Covering the surface instead of these lines would certainly be a good protection, but that would also be overkill. There’s a couple of different techniques, depending on the type of soil being worked.

Loamy soils, which are softer, generally will benefit from a grid pattern that traps the soil on the surface of the metal and protects it from abrasion. Usually a good welder will lay down parallel ridges about 2 inches apart and at a ninety degree angle. Rockier soils are different, because you don’t want the rocks moving over the steel surface. In those cases a welder will lay down a hardfacing that creates a flow of soil over the top of the pattern, like rails or even dots.

When you train at ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School, you learn a lot about heavy equipment, including the maintenance that goes into keeping it in top working condition. As the industry changes, the technologies change, but the job stays the same: you are operating the machines that move mountains.

3 Facts About Qualified Riggers

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

A Qualified Rigger is required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to be on the construction site during hoisting activities for assembly and disassembly work, when workers are in the fall zone and hooking, unhooking, or guiding loads. They are the ones doing the first connections of loads to components and structures.

Fact Number One: Riggers are essential members of the team and required to be part of the on-site crew.

In addition, qualified riggers are not automatically qualified to do every rigging job. They may have experience and training in certain types of rigging tasks, or hold certifications and degrees for specific types of rigging tasks, but they have to have shown they are capable of solving problems related to rigging loads.

Fact Number Two: It is the Employer’s responsibility to make sure the “qualified riggers” on their crew are qualified to do the specific job they are expected to fulfill with the proper equipment on the site.

Employers are not required to use a “certified” rigger; they are required to have evaluated the nature of the load, lift, and equipment used to hoist that load with the purpose of selecting the rigger who is qualified to do that particular job by reason of knowledge, training, and experience.

Fact Number Three: A rigger who has been trained in one of the ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School’s rigging/signalperson training programs has a good chance of being the Qualified Rigger needed for the job.

Take a look at the programs offered and you will see what I am talking about. There’s even an option for bringing ATS on the job site for customized training, letting the employer be positive the riggers meet the OSHA standards for Qualified Rigger.



Heavy Equipment Job Listings: March 15, 2014

Saturday, March 15th, 2014
Have you posted your application and resume over on the job site yet? That site is a great resource for connecting the people who are hiring with the people who are qualified to fill the position. When you post your information, they match your credentials to the job and let you know who may be interested. In fact, some employers don’t list jobs, they just go to the postings and see who will fit their opening.
A few of the jobs listed on the board are:

Baton Rouge, LA – Hiring heavy equipment operators

Riverdale, IL – Hiring heavy equipment operators

Clarence Center, NY – Hiring heavy equipment operators

Our job site is also known as Total Resources Network because that’s what it is. It’s Total because it offers a full spectrum of products for employers needing personnel, job seekers looking for employment, and training providers serving customers.  The TRN database gives you Resources because you have access to more than 10,000 credentialed and skilled craftspersons, 5,000 top level employers and over 6,000 registered training providers. And finally, the Network brings together those who depend on each other for the success of the organization, the growth of the individual worker and the long term safety and sustainability of skilled trades industries.

Total Resources Network is part of the ongoing services offered to the graduates of ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School. Choosing to become a  certified heavy equipment operator through ATS means you will continue to have support in your career.



* 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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