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Heavy Equipment Job Listings: November 9, 2013

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

This week, we’ve got some great job listings. If you haven’t taken the time out to see what’s available in your area in awhile, then I highly recommend taking a look at this list and circulating your resume.

As we enter into the coldest months of the year, you’ll start to see a lot more of the listings like this first one. Cities and municipalities in the north will start looking for CDL drivers and heavy equipment operators to help them remove snow from the streets and lay block and cinders on the roads to keep the public safe. It’s a great time of year for many drivers and heavy equipment operators.

  • WI, Oshkosh. City of Oshkosh is looking for operators and CDL drivers. Must be getting ready for the SNOW season?
  • TX, La Porte. Looking for operators for Colorado site. Still hiring.
  • TX, Houston. Hiring for domestic and overseas jobsites.
  • State of Michigan is hiring for operators for excavating jobs.
  • ND, Williston is actively hiring heavy equipment operators.
  • CO, Castle Rock is hiring operators
  • WI, New Auburn. Looking for operators.
  • NY, Ithaca. Hiring operators.

We hope you find the perfect heavy equipment operator job for you this holiday season.

5 Areas Of Key Training Concentration

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Associated Training Services (ATS) has been instrumental in training heavy equipment operators and truck drivers all across America since 1996. Before that, we were affiliated with the Diesel Truck Driver Training School, which got its start in 1963.

Our focus is on training future truck drivers and heavy equipment operators in five key areas of professional vocational training.

  1. Heavy equipment operations – From bulldozers and scrapers to cranes and other heavy construction equipment, ATS will train you in all areas of safe operations so that you can enter your career with huge momentum.
  2. Crane operations – Crane operators are a special breed. ATS will train you and certify you to operate all kinds of cranes. When you graduate, you’ll be nationally certified to operate a crane on any work site.
  3. Truck driving – Truck drivers are some of the highest paid equipment operators in the country. Once you get your CDL license, you can work local or long haul and know with confidence that you have been trained to handle any conditions.
  4. Safety – Safety is one of the most important considerations for any construction crew. ATS is OSHA-compliant in all its training programs. We will teach you to operate every piece of equipment on the construction site safely and efficiently.
  5. Construction trades – No matter what construction trade you wish to enter – from mining to oil rigging – ATS will train you to operate the equipment that is essential for your field choice.

Start your training today and enter your heavy equipment operation career with the right frame of mind.

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.

Did You Have Childhood Ambitions To Operate Heavy Equipment?

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Operating heavy equipment is the dream of many children, yet there is only a small percentage of the adult workforce who actually go to the trouble of training to become an operator. It was a satisfying play toy as a child, and for many, it’s a very satisfying career – the dreams of their childhood being fully realized. Whilst the thought of training may seem daunting, it shouldn’t. It doesn’t take months to learn to be a heavy equipment operator – it takes weeks, and only a few of them as well.

So what can you expect from a career as a heavy equipment operator apart from realizing your dreams? Operators nominate the following as some of the key benefits:

  • Secure employment - even when times are tough, heavy equipment operators remain in demand, especially when governments decide to boost the economy by building roads and bridges. Of course, when times are good, the construction industry booms and so there’s never enough heavy equipment operators to go around.
  • Great salary and benefits – compared to many other professions, heavy equipment operators are very well paid, and they receive a wide range of benefits, including pension schemes, health and disability insurance, and ongoing training.
  • Sense of achievement – there’s nothing more satisfying than to drive on a road, cross a bridge, or travel past a building that you have helped construct.
  • Not physically demanding – and this has opened the door to operators from all walks of life, including women. You don’t have to be a rough and tough male to work as a heavy equipment operator, even those with slight builds succeed.
  • Short training period – it only takes three weeks to learn the skills and knowledge to start a career as a heavy equipment operator. Compare that time period and the benefits already listed to many other careers and heavy equipment operations comes out on top.

If you’re looking for a career that’s challenging, exciting and well paid, then talk to one of the experts at Associated Training Services (ATS). They can help you take the first steps to achieving that goal, and once you have taken those steps, continue to help you until you are working happily as a heavy equipment operator.

In A Rut? Make The Move To Heavy Equipment Operations

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

If you’re a construction worker and you feel you are stuck in rut, now could be a good time to get out of that rut by moving sidewise into a career as a heavy equipment operator. The future for operators is strong – in fact, there is real risk that operators will be in short supply in years to come. Changing careers is always risky, however, you are staying in construction, and your current skills will always be there should the need arise.

Many employers will appreciate your dual skills. They can employ you as a heavy equipment operator knowing they can use you in other areas should the need arise. If you’re currently employed, your employer may well find that additional skills such as heavy equipment operations are a bonus.

Heavy equipment operators earn a good deal more than general construction laborers. Training is a short three weeks to gain the basic skills, skills sufficient to get you into the workplace as an entry level operator. Undertaking your training through a recognized heavy equipment operator training organization is a must if you want your new skills recognized.

Don’t let costs hold you back. Financing is available, and the terms are very reasonable. Your current employer may welcome your new skills; if not, our career services department can help you locate a job that will give you the experience required to build your career. Get out of the rut and become a well-paid skilled construction worker in the field of heavy equipment operations. You won’t regret the change once you’re settled in.

Summer Employment Prospects For Heavy Equipment Operators

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

The last ten years have been tough for many employment sectors as one financial crisis after another struck the world. Our own economy suffered, and for a long time, private sector investment in new buildings came to a virtual standstill. If it wasn’t for the huge investment in public infrastructure by state and federal governments, the construction industry would also have ground to a halt. That investment could prove to be a wise one in the long run – for one thing, it kept construction industry workers employed and in the industry.

As summer rolls in, the national economy looks to be strengthening to the point that private sector investment in now starting to find its way into construction. The construction industry workforce has remained strong although there are still shortages in many areas, one being heavy equipment operators. This is good news for those looking to undertake heavy equipment operator training and looking for work. With both public and private dollars being spent on construction, the demand will continue to grow, at least until the government funded projects come to an end.

It won’t just be for this summer either. Long term job prospects are even stronger with demand for new workers increasing due to the age of many of our current operators – in short, they are baby boomers who are ready to enter retirement. As the economy grows, private sector investment in new shopping malls, new factories and new office complexes will increase, and this too will create a demand for more heavy equipment operators.

Now is a good time to consider a career as a heavy equipment operator. Three weeks of training will have you work ready, just in time for the summer. Finding your first job won’t be that difficult, especially if you have the assistance of our career services personnel – they know who’s looking to hire, and more importantly, they know how to prepare you for the application and interview processes. Heavy equipment operators are well paid and work in situations that can be challenging yet at the same time enjoyable.

Heavy Equipment Safety – Getting The Basics Right From Day One

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Heavy equipment safety is no longer a matter to be dealt with trivially. It is now mandatory for all heavy equipment operators to have OSHA-approved training prior to commencing work as an operator. We certainly don’t make light of this area of training, ensuring that all graduates who leave our heavy equipment operator school have met those minimum safety standards.

Safety is all about getting the basics right. You’ll often hear two phrases repeated time and again, both in training and in the workplace. These are – “three points of contact” and “look UP.”

Three points of contact refers to movement on heavy equipment (and rigging). The three points of contact are your limbs – either two hands and a foot, or both feet and a hand. Those three points of contact reduce any risk of falling.

Looking UP is important for any equipment that uses height as part of its operations. Excavators, backhoes, loaders and cranes are examples of this type of equipment. It’s natural to look ahead, around you, and down, however, it’s not natural to look for danger from above. There have been a lot of accidents over the years caused by heavy equipment coming into contact with overhead power lines. In many cases, the outcome was deadly for the operator and some of those working around them.

These are just two of the basics that heavy equipment operators need to get right, from day one. Whilst it’s important to think safety, it’s also important to do some things automatically, and looking up and maintaining three points of contact fit into that category. When undertaking heavy equipment operator training, don’t pay lip service to the safety aspects – your life could depend on it.

Having Trouble Deciding If A Heavy Equipment Operator Career Is Right For You?

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Deciding on a career can be a very difficult process to go through. It can be even harder if you are considering a career change. It is interesting to note that research is showing that most people change their career three to four times over a lifetime, so if you are considering a change, you’re definitely not alone. Becoming a heavy equipment operator is not difficult – it only takes three weeks of training to gain the skills that will open the door to entry level positions. The question for many then is whether or not this is the right career choice.

When trying to decide on a career, you need to get as much information as possible. You will also need to discuss any career change options with your family since your final choice may have an impact on your family. As a heavy equipment operator, you may well be leaving home for work as your children are getting up for breakfast. The upside is that you’ll often be arriving home from work as they arrive home from school. This is where your information gathering becomes important – with all the facts in hand, you can make an educated decision on your future. So where do you get this information? We suggest the following as a start:

  • Talk to current operators – telephone a local contractor and ask if there is a suitable time when you can come and talk to one or more of their operators. Most operators will spare a few minutes to answer any questions.
  • Look online – look at websites dedicated to heavy equipment operations. You’re already here, so browse through some of our older posts for more information on the various aspects of heavy equipment operations (this link will give you plenty to get started with).
  • Training schools – contact a training school to see if they can provide information on heavy equipment careers. We are only too happy to answer any questions related to heavy equipment operator careers. We can also send you a brochure – just fill in the online request form and we’ll send one out to you.
  • YouTube - if you want to see heavy equipment in action, and to perhaps get a preview of training, go to YouTube and search for heavy equipment – you can sit back in your home and watch some incredible footage if you’re prepared to sift through the thousands of videos available. It’s well worth the effort. We have a handful of heavy equipment training videos that have been taken over the years, so feel free to browse through them as well.

If you need more information, come and visit our heavy equipment training school – look over the equipment, talk to our training staff and perhaps some of our students. If you’re lucky, you may even get to sit behind the wheel of one of our machines just to get a feel for the job. Do your research – then, if you do decide on a career as a heavy equipment operator, you’ll be well prepared for a well paid and often interesting career.

The Benefits That Heavy Equipment Operators Often Receive

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Whilst heavy equipment operators are well paid, their rewards don’t stop there. Like all jobs, there are benefit packages that are offered when you first start with an employer. The size and scope of these benefits packages is generally determined by the size of your employer, your experience, and your reputation.

So what benefits can a heavy equipment operator expect?

  • Health care that may include medical, dental, vision and prescription medication coverage. These health care programs may include family members as well,
  • Life insurance plans that include disability cover,
  • Retirement plans,
  • Cash bonuses – these are generally tied to contracts, if a contract is completed early or on time, then a cash bonus may be payable. Some employers also offer bonuses for safety records and long service,
  • Paid vacations, and
  • Paid training – some employers may even reimburse heavy equipment operators the costs associated with additional training such as truck driver training and crane operator training.

That is only a short list of common benefits offered by employers, however, the total value of a paycheck together with those benefits can be quite sizable. For heavy equipment operators who are highly skilled and who have a good reputation as operators can also look forward to job security, even when times are tough. Employers will hang on to their most valued employees for as long as possible – you certainly wouldn’t be the first let go when times are tough.

If you want a well-paid career that comes with a lot of side benefits, then heavy equipment operations should be on your list. It only takes three weeks of heavy equipment operator training to prepare you for the work place – from there, your future is in your hands, and it could be a lucrative and enjoyable working future at that.

Heavy Equipment Technology Making Life Easier For Operators

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

There have been a lot of changes made to heavy equipment over the last 50 years. At the same time, the actual work that heavy equipment does has remained very much the same. A bulldozer is still nothing more than a tractor with a large blade at the front designed to push dirt. There is a similarity to modern cars – they still take us from A to B, however, there have been big changes made to motors and to the interiors of cars. Heavy equipment is no different.

Modern heavy equipment is being made to be more environmentally friendly. Lower emissions, better fuel economy, and much improved hydraulic systems have made modern equipment easier to operate, and very efficient. There have been big changes inside the operators cab as well. Many are sealed from the outside environment and rely on airconditioning to maintain a comfortable work space. It has also meant that computer technology’s reliability has improved – there’s no dust, dirt and high humidity entering the cab to create problems.

Some of the biggest improvements can be found in the controls that now face an operator. They look very similar to those of 50 years ago, and their use is very much the same. The new technology comes in the form of electronics. This makes the controls very touch sensitive, however, in the hands of an experienced operator, able to perform fine movements. There is one regular contest held each year that tests an operator’s skills in this area – they have to pick up an egg using the bucket of a backhoe – that does take a lot of skill.

Heavy equipment operators now work in a comfortable environment with finely tuned controls. This makes the job a little more demanding in that fine motor skills are required, however, this has made working as a heavy equipment operator much more enjoyable – the operator is at one with their equipment, unlike the past where they spend all day wrestling their equipment. For equipment owners, efficiencies are much improved, as is reliability. If there is a downside, it comes in the form of more complex maintenance, and a higher cost when it comes to breakdowns – but then, good operators try to prevent breakdowns by regularly checking their equipment and undertaking basic maintenance regularly. Like all areas of industry, technology is having a big impact on heavy equipment operations.

* 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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