One of the best things you can do to be the person who stays employed is — drum roll, please — being the person who can do the job. In the skilled trades industries, that usually means being the person who has the experience, skills, and certifications to do that job. Most of the time that job will involve the ability to operate some type of equipment. The category of “heavy equipment” is pretty big, so a heavy equipment operator who wants to stay employable will try to get experience on many types of equipment.
Good Heavy Equipment Operator Training Involves Variety
One of the things you will notice about the ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School is the list of things students learn to operate:
- Skid Steer Loaders
- Wheel Loaders
- Off-Road Haul Trucks
- Front End Loaders
- All-Terrain Forklifts
The reason so many types of equipment are part of the training is because a job site often will have a variety of machines to do the job. An operator who has the skills and certifications to operate more machines is a more valuable employee. ATS students don’t just learn to operate equipment, they also learn to read grades, identify soil, understand site layout and laser levels, and all the basic skills they will need. Heavy equipment maintenance and safety procedures are part of the training, too.
These basic things are going to be needed no matter which piece of equipment you end up on for the day, so everybody who is on the site should know them. But the operator who can do whatever is needed on the heavy equipment they have is going to be the operator who stays on the job when others are laid off.