Nowadays there is a great demand for qualified heavy equipment operators because of boom in the infrastructure, construction and the mining industries. Most of the heavy equipments are used in the industries mentioned above and there is an acute shortage of qualified heavy equipment operators the world over and the demand for the heavy equipment operators has outstripped the supply. Therefore, a number of training schools have come up to cater to the growing demand for heavy equipment operators.
The heavy equipment operator training schools are run by people who have been in the industry for many decades and who are competent enough to teach you all about the heavy equipment operations. Basically the Heavy Equipment operator training program is designed keeping your utmost safety in mind and they are divided in two phases. One phase is known as the home study phase and the other resident training phase.
The home study phase is very useful even for people who currently hold a job and the material provided by the school can be used as a reference guide. You can enhance your skills by sitting in your home, thereby reducing the classroom attendance by more than 50% and when you go onto the practical training part, you can totally concentrate on the critical aspects of the equipment operations rather than starting from the basics of machine operations.
These courses are lucid, easy to read and to the point. These courses are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Washington, D.C.
The nature of work of a heavy equipment operator employed in the construction and maintenance of various work sites by the construction companies, contractors, public works departments and lots of logging companies vary from industry to industry, but the only thing common between all the operators is that they operate the equipment by moving levers, pedals, and switches. The Heavy equipment operator trainees have a variety of jobs to choose from after the completion of the course, a list of which is given below;
Apprentice asphalt plant operator, backhoe operator, bulldozer operator, dredging, equipment operator, excavator operator, grader operator, heavy equipment operator, loader operator, paving equipment operator, side boom tractor operator, road oiling truck driver, shovel operator, sewer flushing truck operator, snow-removal equipment operator, apprentice pile driver and a bridge worker. The working conditions are not so good, you have to learn to work in mud, dirt and noisy environments, almost around the year, but there are a few lucky ones who operate in air-conditioned and dust free environments, but then you are compensated by a handsome pay which is at least 20% above the average provincial salary. The heavy equipment operators are mostly employed by the construction companies which accounts for nearly 52% of operators employed and the rest is contributed by the mining, gas, agriculture, fishing, logging and the manufacturing industries.One can progress to a supervisory or a managerial position in due course of time with experience and skill sets to manage the Heavy equipment operators.
Source by David Foreman