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.