Training to be a heavy equipment operator is not something you could take lightly. As Baby Boomers begin to retire, more positions for operators will open up. Now is the time to start training if you want a lucrative career in heavy equipment.
But you should know that there are different types of heavy equipment and, therefore, different types of heavy equipment training.
Here are 4 types of heavy equipment training. Pick the one that is right for you.
- Heavy equipment – First off, let’s define what we mean by heavy equipment. On the typical job site, you’ll run into these types of big machines — Backhoes, wheel loaders, scrapers, excavators, bulldozers, road graders, dump trucks, skid steers, and forklifts. At Heavy Equipment School, you’ll learn how to operate them all.
- Mobile crane – Mobile crane operators are a different breed. You’ll learn how to operate fixed and swing cab hydraulic cranes, lattice booms, articulated booms, and get your rigger/signalperson certification.
- Rigging – If you desire to become a rigger or a signalperson, then you can take training and receive certification just for that career position. Riggers make darn good money and enjoy a long, fulfilling career–especially if they excel at the job.
- Truck driver – Finally, if you have any desire to be a long haul truck driver or a construction site driver, then you can get your CDL license and be a huge asset to any work crew. No construction site can do without a truck driver, and these positions require special certification so they pay more.
You can start your career as a heavy equipment operator on the right foot with the right training.