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Backhoes: The Jacks Of All Trades

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

There used to be a saying when I was younger – “a jack of all trades yet a master of none.” It was a phrase that pointed to a person who could do a lot of work across a variety of skills, yet they didn’t have a piece of paper to say they were qualified in any trade. When it comes to heavy equipment, backhoes are the jack (or Jill) of all trades – except you can say they were a master of all as well.

Backhoes bring together the power of an excavator, and that includes many of the attachments that excavators use, and the strength of a front end loader. Backhoes actually remind me a little of a scorpion – a mouth at the front and stinging tail at the back. In fact, that’s where they get their names from. Back hoe meaning the excavator bucket is at the back of the vehicle.

As an operator, there are a number of differences between a backhoe and other heavy equipment. To begin with, large backhoes are articulated – that is, they are joined in the middle with a pivoting point. Reversing a backhoe is a little like reversing a trailer. Good backhoe operators are in high demand because of the versatility that backhoes bring to a work site. They can be used to dig trenches, and then, using the loader scoop, fill the trench in again once a job has been completed. They can also be used to quickly remove any excess dirt or building material.

Learning to operate a backhoe is not difficult; in fact, I’d suggest you also learn how to operate an excavator and loader at the same time. This will ensure you have several skills you can rely on when working for an employer. You really will be a Jack (or Jill) of all trades then – and master of them as well.

Heavy Equipment’s Role In Rebuilding Nature

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Heavy equipment has long had a reputation for destroying much of the land that it travels over. It can be true as well. Heavy equipment is “heavy” and it can be cumbersome as it moves over the land. In the right hands, however, heavy equipment can be a great tool when it comes to reclaiming land and helping to rebuild nature.

A story out of the City of Charlottesville makes for interesting reading if you’re interested in the restoration of public lands. Many people read these articles and gloss over the work done by heavy equipment. It’s a role that’s important, especially in a situation like this, where time can be a real issue. When reclaiming this land, workers had to divert water from its normal course so that rocks, earth and fallen trees could be removed, and the environment rebuilt.

This can be challenging yet very rewarding work for those involved. There’s immense satisfaction in walking away from an area that has been over-run by weeds and debris having restored it to its native state. For heavy equipment operators, the key is to complete the tasks required whilst not causing any new damage. This means working to very precise instructions, often very closely with experts directing each movement.

To be successful in this type of work, heavy equipment operators need to be well trained, and to have a good feel for their machinery. Being able to follow directions is vital, as is the ability to respond very quickly when required. ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training Schools take a lot of pride in the quality of the training provided, and the level of skills that graduate operators take into the workplace. With experience in the workplace, graduate operators are frequently found working in situations such as that described in the City of Charlottesville.

If you have an interest in restoring areas to their natural environment, then it all starts with your heavy equipment training. Seek out the best and you’ll be headed in the right direction.

Who Is Best Suited To A Heavy Equipment Career?

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Choosing the best career option can be a difficult decision. When it comes to heavy equipment careers, there is a lot to consider. You’ll be working outside – although generally in a cab (often with climate controlled air conditioning). The work can be hot and dusty in summer, and you’ll also find there are frustrating periods where everything comes to a standstill because of bad weather – rain, ice and snow play havoc with construction schedules.

So who is best suited to a career as a heavy equipment operator? Obviously someone who enjoys working outside. It also helps if you have a mechanical aptitude since your work includes maintenance and safety inspections of your equipment. You’ll also need to be able to work both on your own and as part of team. Whilst not definitive, the following list is a good guide to those well suited to careers in heavy equipment.

  • Enjoy working outdoors,
  • Mechanical aptitude,
  • Team worker,
  • Reasonably fit,
  • Good eyesight and a good awareness of depth
  • Good eye, hand and foot co-ordination
  • Fast reflexes

It also helps to have a reasonably good understanding of English (both written and verbal) and personal attributes such as honesty, integrity and reliability. However, there is one attribute that probably outshines all others, and that is desire. For many, if the desire is strong enough, they can soon develop any other deficiencies. There are heavy equipment operators who don’t have a great mechanical aptitude, however, they do have the ability to learn what is required to look after their equipment (and still remain useless under the hood of their own car).

Heavy equipment careers are lucrative and offer a lifetime of interesting and flexible work. If you’re interested in becoming a heavy equipment operator, you meet most of the attributes listed, and you have the desire to succeed, then contact us. A heavy equipment career could be waiting for you, and your first step is to complete a recognized heavy equipment training program.

Career Services at ATS

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Associated Training Services is proud to offer career services to students. As a school that helps people get prepared for careers in truck driving, heavy equipment operation, an d more, ATS has a lot to offer. There are many different ways that ATS offers help in the career services area.

Personal career counseling is a key part of career services at ATS. The coordinator of this department works with students right from the start of their training. The career goals and interests of each student are determined and hiring employers are presented. Throughout training, this professional is available to help students with job searches as well. Even students who graduate can take advantage of this perk.

There are also skills to work on in career services. Soft skills such as interviewing skills, application know how’s and more. Each of these are addressed in career services and help students become more prepared for a future career.
ATS career services also includes job finding assistance. There is a job leads database containing contact information for many hiring employers. Students and graduates can have access to this list of possible jobs to assist them in nailing down there future plans.

If you have an interest in becoming a heavy equipment operator, a truck driver, or a related position, ATS may be the answer for you. Training at ATS will allow you the freedom to be qualified for a number of open positions. With the training provided and career services available, ATS could change your life and set you up for success!

Heavy Equipment Job Listings: June 2, 2012

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

If you are in the market for a heavy equipment job, take a look at these job listings for this week:

  • Neenah, WI Swift is hiring drivers at Diesel Driving School
  • Cleveland, OH is hiring operators
  • Cromwell, IN “DRIVE THIS TRUCK” is a fleet owner on with PRIME and they are hiring new drivers start at $600/wk
  • Fargo, ND Industrial Builders hiring operators
  • Green Bay, WI hiring drivers for Inter-Modal, Most runs are Illinois rounds
  • Sapulpa, Ok needs heavy equipment operators
  • Cleveland OH needs excavator operators to operate clams, grapples and magnets.

For more job listings for heavy equipment operators, check out our online heavy equipment job listing website. You’ll find professional heavy equipment operator jobs, crane operator jobs, and diesel truck driving jobs.

You Don’t Need To Be A Genius To Become A Crane Operator

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Working as a crane operator is not that difficult. You will need to have some understanding of mathematics, however, much of that is taught to you when you undertake crane operator training. These days, if you can use a calculator, or look up a table, then you’re halfway there.

Crane operators are amongst the best paid heavy equipment operators. The work is almost always interesting, and it’s very diversified. One day you could be on a construction site building a factory or home, the next you could be out helping to build a bridge. Crane operators are also used in mining, forestry, the waterfront, railways and even in horticulture these days given our desire to relocate trees rather than cutting them down.

Students can learn everything they need for a career as a mobile crane operator in around three weeks. Add another week for the assessments to become a certified crane operator (required now by law), and you’re ready to start work. If you want to work on more complex cranes, for example, telescopic booms, then you may require a little extra training in order to pass your assessments.

ATS Heavy Equipment Training Schools has been preparing individuals for the workforce for fifty years. We have earned a reputation for delivering high quality graduates to industry. So much so, employers often come to us looking for new recruits. In fact, we have a dedicated job-site where employers list vacancies and where graduates can access to check out job vacancies. Interested in becoming a crane operator? You don’t need to be a genius – all you need is desire, and to complete a crane operator training course.

Heavy Equipment Safety Is Your Responsibility

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

In today’s workplace, safety is the responsibility of everyone; employees, employers, workplace visitors and government agencies included. When it comes to earth moving equipment, heavy equipment safety training is a necessary requirement in all work places. The question then is, do you undertake that training as part of your heavy equipment training program or expect a future employer to deliver the training?

Most employers are running on thin margins in today’s economic climate. Given a choice between employing an individual who has already completed a heavy equipment safety course, and someone who hasn’t, you know who the employer is going to select. It makes sense then to ensure that when buying a heavy equipment training program, you check first on whether or not it includes a safety component.

Entering the heavy equipment workforce can be a tough undertaking so you need to have every possible box ticked. Employers are picky when it comes to new recruits, and they are taking a big gamble on someone who has little experience apart from that received during training. So what boxes do employers want ticked?

  • Training provided by a well known and respected organization
  • Training that follows national guidelines
  • Training that includes hands on experience
  • Training that includes heavy equipment safety as a core component

In fact, if your training is delivered by a well known and respected organization, then the chances are all the other boxes will get the automatic tick – that is why they are respected. As a student, it is still up to you to check on what is offered prior to signing on to the course. Heavy equipment training is a serious undertaking – heavy equipment safety is even more serious.

Heavy Equipment Job Listings: April 7, 2012

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

If you are looking for a job in the fields of heavy equipment operations, truck driving, or crane operations, then our dedicated jobs site is the perfect place to start your search. You can check daily, or every couple of days, or you can drop by here every Saturday to see what jobs have been on offer.

This week’s jobs include:

Equipment Operator
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Operator required by an employer in Fort Lauderdale

Tanker Drivers
Wafford, ND
Employer is looking to hire tanker drivers for oilfield work. Need tanker and hazmat endorsements.

Mobile Crane Operator
Darien, WI
Employer requires a 60 Ton Mobile Crane operator.

Heavy Equipment Operators
Cooper City, FL
Hiring Heavy Equip Operators. Must live in area. Pipe laying, Utilities, Demo work.

Heavy Equipment Operators
Cheyenne, WY
Contractors is hiring Heavy Equipment Operators now.

During March, we had a wide range of jobs listed, these included:

Equipment Operator/CDL Driver
Milwaukee, WI
Looking for an Equipment Operator/CDL Driver. This is full time and NOT just seasonal employment! For landscape construction and maintenance for residential and commercial clients.

Heavy Equipment Operators with a (CDL) Commercial Drivers
Client is currently looking for Heavy Equipment Operators with a (CDL) Commercial Drivers License! We will train qualified candidates in oil well cementing and acidizing services. We have several openings across the United States.

Heavy Equipment Operator
Moorhead, MN
Position Summary:
Performs overhead and underground line construction duties, as directed by the Field Superintendent. All operators are required to help out when and where necessary – with operation of other equipment and/or manual labor.

Equipment Operator
Bostwick, FL
Do you have a passion for operating heavy equipment? As an Equipment Operator you will operate heavy equipment while adhering to safety policies and procedures. Have fun at work while being safe. This position will operate various heavy equipment, such as front-end loaders, knuckle booms, bulldozers, wheel loaders, and all-terrain forklifts, in a rugged 50+ acre outdoor, paved and unpaved environment.

Heavy Equipment Operator -Finish
Fayetteville, AR
Do you want to work for a company that values your skills? Do you want to work for a company that values safety above all else? Are you looking for opportunities and benefits of a large corporation with a small company feel? Apply for the Equipment Operator today and jumpstart your career.

And that is just a small sampling of the types of jobs that come through our jobs listing website. We also offer quality training in the fields of heavy equipment operations, truck driving and crane operations.

Heavy Equipment Safety Relies Primarily On Awareness

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Like many occupations, heavy equipment has a strong emphasis on safety. Like driving a car, most operators develop a safe working habit over time. And just like a car, the real danger is often not what you are doing, but what others are doing around you.

This is generally labelled as safety awareness. Using the car as an analogy again, it’s difficult to be taught road safety awareness since there is so much going around you at any given time. The same is true on a construction site. Being able to develop that safety awareness is as equally important as learning to operate your heavy equipment. If you’re accident prone, no matter how good you are digging trenches, or moving earth, you won’t have a long career in the industry.

Construction sites are a real hub of activity. There are people moving around everywhere; trucks and other vehicles constantly coming and going; cranes constantly raising and lowering loads, and heavy equipment like yours trying to maneuver through and around what is often described as organized chaos. To be successful, you require either eyes in the back of your head, a sixth sense, or a strongly developed sense of awareness – the ability to quickly look around you and to take it all in. Not only do you take it all in, but you factor it into your decision making.

We only ever hear about the serious accidents that occur involving heavy equipment. Here’s a little known fact – 95% of heavy equipment operators work year after year without ever having a serious accident. They will have minor accidents, but then, almost everyone has had a minor incident with a car. If you can develop a sense of awareness while operating heavy equipment, you’ll have a long and safe career. Heavy equipment training will give you the skills required to operate your equipment. We can also give you all the safety knowledge required to stay safe. Awareness is something that comes with time and experience.

Excavator Safety Training

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

As with all heavy equipment, an operator using an excavator must be aware of his surroundings at all times. He must also follow all safety precautions and protocols established for the site. This is essential for excavator safety and remaining accident free on the work site.

Prior to starting the excavator, a visual inspection should be performed as part of an excavator safety program. This inspection should include testing the horn and audible reverse alarm. It should also include an inspection for loose or broken parts that should be fixed prior to use.

Most accidents regarding excavator safety occur when an excavator comes in contact with a pedestrian worker. Workers can get hurt by being hit by an excavator when it is driving or lowering its bucket. The best way to avoid these types of accidents is to set up barriers to separate the excavator’s path and the path of workers on foot. These barriers should be a physical barrier (perhaps fencing) that will separate the excavator from the workers. When this is not possible a properly placed signaler must be used to ensure proper excavator safety is used when moving in these pedestrian areas.

Excavator safety is important to all people on the work site. As a result, all workers on the site should be trained regarding safety issues for that particular work site. Where are the uneven areas or high drop offs on the site? Are there power lines buried or over head, and if so, how are workers being alerted of them? It takes the support and awareness of the entire crew for a work site to attain truly effective excavator safety.

* 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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