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What’s Fascinating About A Backhoe

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

When I dig a hole with my mouth, my wife asks, “Would you like a bigger backhoe?”

It’s an apt question. Thankfully, it doesn’t happen too often. But the backhoe does make a great metaphor. It’s equally as impressive in real life. There’s so much you can do with it.

Most people think of digging holes when they think of backhoes. That’s good because you can dig a lot of holes. But you can also carry things with the backhoe. Because they’re small and versatile, you can carry other equipment. I’ve seen people carry all sorts of items in the bucket of a backhoe.

Backhoes are also useful for breaking up asphalt. On construction sites, you might see the operator bang the bucket on the asphalt to break it up.

Speaking of construction, road crews often use backhoes for paving roads. The bucket is perfect for carrying asphalt, concrete, or macadam and pouring it where it needs to be poured so that drivers have avenues and thoroughfares leading them from Point A to Point B.

How many times have you tried to remove a tree stump? Why not use a backhoe? You can dig in under the roots and pull it right up.

Since backhoes are so versatile and useful, the heavy equipment industry could use a few more backhoe operators. You’re in luck. Heavy Equipment School teaches students how to operate a backhoe.

Heavy Equipment Operators Have Heart Wrenching Tasks Too

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Heavy equipment operators work in a wide range of activities, the hardest being the clean up after storms. As we head into the summer months, there are many operators preparing themselves for the associated storms. A lot of attention is paid to those who lose homes and businesses because of storms, however, little attention is paid to those who do the cleaning up, and it can be a heart-wrenching job. People’s homes, often still full of personal items that have been destroyed, need to be cleaned away – sure, insurance can pay for a new home, but to see those memories being trashed is never easy.

Bulldozer operators are particularly busy although loader operators and dump truck drivers run a close second. Excavator operators and backhoe operators are also kept busy during these periods. It’s not just homes and businesses either. The environment receives a fair hit as well with sand washed away from beaches and replaced by debris that wind and the waves throw up. Rivers often flood, and they leave behind a big mess as well – mud and debris, sometimes cars and parts of houses.

It requires a lot of experience to work in these areas, experience that is built up over several years following an operator’s initial training. That initial training has become very important in today’s workplace – employers don’t have the time (or money) to train operators from scratch, so they rely on new operators being at least competent enough to do many of the basic tasks that heavy equipment operators do every day. If heavy equipment operators have those entry level skills, they can build upon them in the workplace, taking on harder and more complicated tasks as they develop those skills.

At Associated Training Services, we pride ourselves on the skill levels that heavy equipment operators have when they graduate from our training programs. Our programs are designed to meet the needs of industry – we don’t just train students in the basics and leave them to fend for themselves. If you want a career as a heavy equipment operator, then be sure you receive the best training available. That will set you up for a long and successful career, and that includes working to clean up after storms have ravaged the landscape.

Rural Communities Reliant On Heavy Equipment Operators

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

When we discuss heavy equipment operator careers, the primary focus is on construction. Mining is another industry that relies heavily on equipment operators. Rural communities are also reliant on heavy equipment operators, however, their needs are more for operators who are multi-skilled. This includes being able to operate bulldozers, loaders, excavators and backhoes. It also helps to have a commercial drivers license.

Rural communities are farming communities, and whilst farms frequently have a need for heavy equipment, it is the townships themselves that are most reliant. Heavy equipment operators are generally required to deal with snow and ice in winter, road repairs all year round, general construction, and in many areas, reclaiming land and restoring it to its former natural state.

Working in a rural community has a lot of benefits. You’re certainly not going to be bored since every day tends to bring a different job with a different type of equipment. Rural communities are generally smaller and closer knit compared to large town and cities where most people don’t know each other at all. The down side to a close knit community is that you may find people asking for ‘favors’ – the odd job after hours or on weekends.

If you’re looking for a heavy equipment career that is a little different, is as much a lifestyle as it is a career, then consider becoming a heavy equipment operator in a rural community. You’ll need heavy equipment training on a range of vehicles, and a commercial drivers license. You’ll also need commitment, and a friendly and sociable outlook on life. Bring those traits together and those rural communities will welcome you with open arms.

Are You A One Trick Pony Or Are You Ready To Multi-Skill?

Friday, July 13th, 2012

There are two basic types of heavy equipment operator – those who specialize in one type of equipment and those who multi-skill and operate a range of equipment. There is still room in the industry for both, however, employers are showing a preference for multi-skilled operators. The rationale is simple; employers can place multi-skilled operators where the need is most. This is much more preferable to having an operator idle because there is no work for them at that time.

Fortunately, there is a lot of common ground when it comes to different heavy equipment. Dirt is dirt and it doesn’t matter what sort of equipment you are using, dirt will act the same. The same can be said for any other material being used. Students can concentrate on learning the actual mechanical actions required to operate a range of equipment, then practice, practice and practice for as many hours as possible.

At ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training Schools, we deliver training on a range of heavy equipment including:

  • Bulldozers,
  • Graders,
  • Backhoes,
  • Loaders, and
  • Excavators.

Those are the most common machines in use and the skills learned can be transferred to other types of heavy equipment. Safety training is common to all machinery types as are skills such as site plan reading and learning about the different types of dirt.

If you can graduate from a heavy equipment training program with skills in a range of equipment, you will find you are more attractive to many employers than those that have only the one skill. Being a one trick pony is fine and you will get by, however, being multi-skilled opens more doors, and give you options on the direction you want to take in the future.

Heavy Equipment Job Listings: April 28, 2012

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

If you’re looking for a job that pays top wages, offers an excellent benefit package, or perhaps provides you with an opportunity to work for a global leader, then keep on reading. This week’s job listings include opportunities with theses features for heavy equipment operators.

Pipeline Foreman & Experienced Heavy Equipment Operator
Dewey, OK
Hiring Pipeline Foreman & Experienced Heavy Equipment Operators! Must have hours on Trackhoe, Backhoe, Dozer and/or Grader TOP WAGES & BENEFITS!

Heavy Equipment Operator
Tyler, TX
A global leader in engineering, consulting, design, program management, construction and operations, is looking for heavy equipment operators.

Heavy Equipment Operator II
Joseph City, AZ
Heavy Equipment Operators are responsible for the safe operation of various heavy equipment vehicles that perform the spreading and compaction of construction and demolition, commercial and residential waste disposed of at the post collection facilities. Occasionally, items up to 50 lb. must be lifted while performing the daily routine in all weather conditions. Daily Equipment Inspections (DEI) is required.

Heavy Equipment/Scale Operator – Landfill
Punta Gorda, FL
POSITION SUMMARY…Reporting to an Operations Manager/Supervisor, this position operates heavy equipment to move materials and tow trailers for the purpose of transferring spreading, covering, loading and/or compacting waste or soil in a productive and safe manner. Safely and productively operates equipment including excavator, compactor, bulldozer, forklift and front end loader.

Heavy Equipment Operator
Portage, IN
A leading provider of services to steel companies throughout the United States and Canada, has several openings for Heavy Equipment Operators at our job site. Primarily we are in need of loader operators. Full time, permanent employment and an excellent benefit package including medical, dental, prescription drugs, disability, life insurance, and 401k. 2-3 years experience as heavy equipment operator preferred.

If you require more information on these or any other job opportunities, or if you’re an employer looking for heavy equipment operators, crane operators or truck drivers, then visit our job site. It’s totally free and available for both employers and job seekers.

The Backhoe

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Many mistake it for a bulldozer or a steam shovel, but the backhoe is one of the most important pieces of heavy equipment on any work site. It is highly versatile and needed on nearly every construction site. Due to its versatility, some intense backhoe training is required to ensure safe and proper operation at all times.

A backhoe can be recognized by its unique design. In laymen’s terms, it looks a lot like a trailer with a small shovel (the actual backhoe) on the back end and a front end loader, a wider shovel, on the front of the machine. The backhoe itself is basically a backward shovel on the end of two arms; the shovel is pulled toward the driver when digging. The arm closest to the shovel is called the “dipper” and the arm closest to the body of the machine is known as the “boom.” The backhoe is mainly used for excavating or digging; this can include landscaping, digging foundations, excavating trenches for pipes and cable and more. The loader end of the backhoe can then be used to load this material into a dump or rock truck, and then, it also can be used to smooth out these areas.

As with all heavy equipment, the backhoe is a massive and dangerous piece of equipment on any work site. As a result, an operator must show extreme caution and be aware of everything in his surroundings. The backhoe needs a wide path to operate and moves much faster than one might anticipate. It is the operator’s responsibility to ensure the safety of himself and all of his coworkers. To make certain of this, it is mandated that the operator must be given thorough backhoe training .

Loaders – Why They Have So Many Different Names

Friday, April 30th, 2010

When looking for work as a loader operator you will be surprised at how many different terms are used for these machines. Some terms are regional specific, most are manufacturing specific, yet there is a certain amount of logic behind each name. Some of the names you may come across include:

  • Wheel Loader – as the name suggests, this equipment is driven on wheels rather than tracks like a bulldozer. This is one of the more generic terms used for loaders.
  • Front-End Loader – this is another generic term for a loader.
  • Skip Loader – these are smaller vehicles, often smaller than a standard car. The arms that control the shovel come forward from behind rather than from the front.
  • Skid Steer Loaders – these vehicles are also much smaller. They are generally driven on tracks rather than wheels and get their name from the steering method. Each track is driven independently so stopping or slowing one will cause the vehicle to skid in a certain direction.
  • Backhoe Loader – this is a combination of front loader and rear excavator tool. For many businesses, these are popular since you get two tools for the price of one.
  • Shovel – an old term that is not used very often. This term describes the bucket or scoop used to move material.

There are many other terms used to describe loaders. What they have in common is a bucket, shovel or scoop in the front that is used to move items, generally dirt, from one point to another. Most have sufficient reach to enable the loading of dump trucks. What they also have in common is the need for basic training on heavy equipment. Basic heavy equipment training programs provide the skills required to operate a loader. These training programs also provide knowledge on factors such as safety and maintenance, essential in today’s job market.

It doesn’t matter what name you give them. Loaders all over do similar tasks, just on a different scale. If life as a busy loader operator appeals to you – contact us for more information on training programs and training schools closest to you.

How To Become A Proficient Backhoe Operator

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Backhoe operators are always in demand and those that are very good at their jobs soon gain a reputation that only serves to increase the demand for their services. How then do you gain a reputation for being a proficient operator? Like all careers, it’s not that difficult with time and patience being your best attribute. The following tips will certainly help you reach your goal.

Foundation – you can only become truly proficient at something if you have a good skills base to begin with. Learn bad habits early and they can become very difficult to change later in life. Learn good habits early and you have the start of a good foundation. For backhoe operators, start by undertaking an accredited heavy equipment training program that exposes you to a range of heavy equipment. Naturally, the training program should include hands-on experience behind the controls of a backhoe.

Practice - finding an employer that is prepared to let you build your skills on the job is the next step in the learning process. Some training organizations have career services that can help you get that first job.

Variety – over time, you can really hone your skills by seeking employment with businesses that will provide you with a wide variety of work. You need a solid training base with a good work history to move into a position where the work requires a higher skill level. However, if you have the patience and you’re prepared to learn as much as you can along the way, you will find employers happy to hire you in these more advanced positions.

It all starts with good training and a willingness to continue learning on the job. If that sounds like you then a career as a backhoe operator is waiting. If you expect to undertake some basic training then move into a high paying highly skilled position – think again – even doctors can’t achieve that.

How Difficult Is Loader Training?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

A question that is frequently asked is how difficult is it to learn to operate loaders; or excavators, bulldozers and so on. The answer often surprises many people. Heavy equipment operator training doesn’t concentrate on just the one piece of machinery. Students at ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Schools are trained on a range of equipment that could include:

  • backhoes
  • wheel loaders
  • scrapers
  • excavators
  • bulldozers
  • road graders
  • rock trucks
  • Skid Steers
  • All-Terrain Forklifts

Learning how to operate a range of heavy equipment provides the student with an understanding of how they operate and what sort of skills are required. While you may want to work as a loader operator, having excavator and backhoe skills gives you more options in the work place. That, however, is only part of the training. Knowing how to operate heavy equipment will not make you a good operator. There are others skills and knowledge that must be learned as well. For example, we also train our operators in:

  • grade reading
  • laser levels
  • soils
  • safety
  • site layouts
  • heavy equipment maintenance

Learning safety issues is now a requirement in all training. In fact, in most work sites you cannot be employed unless you have undertaken some safety training. One of the benefits of training through ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Schools is that our training is nationally accredited. This means your training is recognized throughout the country providing you with work opportunities nationwide.

Loader operator training is just one component of a heavy equipment operator training program. Yet, you can complete your training in as little as three weeks. If you want to fast track your way into a loader operator’s job, give us a call at ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Schools – we have over ten training centers spread across the nation.

Backhoe Maintenance Is All Part Of The Job

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Like all heavy equipment operators, backhoe operators have to perform daily maintenance tasks. These tasks are designed to ensure the equipment stays on the job for as many hours as possible. Not only that, if done properly, daily maintenance tasks help to speed up the down time that is required when the backhoe goes into the workshop for major maintenance problems.

Most people assume that a daily maintenance program only involves checking fluid levels. Whilst this is an important part of any maintenance program, backhoe operators need to go beyond that. Checking buckets and scoops for damage, ensuring there is no build up of dirt or mud on any of the moving components, and checking tires for foreign objects all form part of this daily schedule. Of course, checking is only part of the role. Doing something is the real maintenance component.

Tires are a good example. You check the tires and see there is a piece of metal wedged in. What do you do – make a note in your log book, or remove the metal. Common sense suggests you remove the metal and that is what the backhoe operator should do. Many work sites insist on log books and there is a good reason for this as well. Regular workshop maintenance programs are generally undertaken based on hours of operation. Keeping a regular log book shows at a glance how many hours have accumulated since the last service, and how many hours are left before the next service.

Maintenance should be a part of any standard heavy equipment training program. Whether you operate backhoes or any other type of heavy equipment, undertaking a daily maintenance routine means your equipment will stay on the job longer and you will help to extend the life of the backhoe.

* 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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