Heavy Equipment Simulators vs In-The-Seat Training

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…

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Top Reasons Heavy Equipment Needs Hardfacing

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…

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Heavy Equipment Job Listings: February 8, 2014

Our Total Resources Network¬†¬†is a great resource, whether you are looking for a job, wanting to find training options, or searching for someone to fill a job opening. We think it gives you the best way to connect all across the board. The TRN database has a lot to offer; thousands of registered training providers, top level employers, and craftspersons…

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Heavy Equipment On TV? Cool!

Have you seen that reality TV show, Railroad Alaska? Anyone interested in heavy equipment will be fascinated by the portrayal of all the big machines that are needed to keep the railroad functional. And it's true that for many folks, the railroad is the lifeline of communication through the wilderness. Of course, the directors seem to think that "human drama"…

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What Foundation Do You Build On For A Career In Heavy Equipment?

Heavy equipment is a good field to get into; the operation of heavy equipment is essential for laying the foundation of everything that is built on top of it. Without a good foundation, it really doesn't matter how well a bridge or building is constructed because the shifting base will counteract that construction. Your career should be like that well-built…

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Why ATS Trains Heavy Equipment Operators

Since 1959, Associated Training Services (ATS) has been training heavy equipment operators to maneuver and drive equipment on roads and construction sites. We've been quite successful. Many of our students have gone on to rewarding careers, which is why we do it. The ATS founder, Robert Klabacka, wanted to build a family business that helps people. In the family, he…

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