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.