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Heavy equipment training is by no means cheap. I wouldn’t call it expensive either, at least not when you consider the rewards available at the end of your training. Financial aid is one of those areas that can be a stumbling block for many considering a career change. Yet, it shouldn’t be.
Training to operate heavy equipment generally only takes three weeks. This means you can complete your training and enter the lucrative trade fairly quickly. If you have borrowed money to undertake training, there is a good chance your new wage could quickly have that loan paid off.
Finance is an important consideration, but it is one that should be weighed up against several factors. The first of course is how quickly you can be in the workplace and earning. As already mentioned, training is only three weeks so time is not a problem. What about opportunities? There are plenty of opportunities around at present. Middle to late spring is one of the prime recruitment seasons for heavy equipment operators so vacancies should be on the increase.
The second factor to consider is the wage rate. Heavy equipment operators are well paid so there is a good chance your new wage could be considerably higher than your current wage. Working hours are good and the work itself, while often a challenge, is extremely satisfying.
Are you suited to this field? This is the third and most important question. You shouldn’t be paying (or borrowing) for a training program if your heart and soul is not in it. There is a good chance you won’t remain in the trade for long and every obstacle will become a huge negative. Those with a positive attitude see obstacles as another challenge to defeat – and they succeed as heavy equipment operators.
There is plenty of financial aid around at present including very competitive student loans. With a new career and a lucrative wage in hand, taking out a student loan shouldn’t be too much of a burden. Call us to discuss your situation and to find out what financial aid options are available for you.