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Heavy Equipment Operator Training Offered at Vocational Schools

Date Added: June 15, 2008 05:58:35 PM
Category: Operators

Heavy Equipment Operator Training Offered at Vocational Schools
By Michael Bustamante

If you have been looking for a vocation that allows you to work independently and operate construction equipment, heavy equipment operator training could be the right career path for you. You could become a nationally certified operator in as little as 4-8 weeks, giving you a life-long profession as a respected member of a construction team.

You can quickly train to operate bulldozers, dump trucks, backhoes, wheel loaders, skid steer loaders, and other construction machinery. You will learn to safely operate, maintain, and perform basic repairs on machinery such as front-end loaders, cranes and excavators. In addition, heavy equipment operator courses can cover related topics such as land clearing, landscaping, quarry operations, mining, accident prevention and first aid, inspection and safety, electrical systems, controls, instruments and dashboards, math, blueprint reading, map reading, and demolition.

Training in the field is offered in trade schools, vocational schools and community colleges across the U.S. and Canada. Typically, a heavy equipment course teaches students to use construction-related machinery for road building, landscaping, land clearing, demolition, culverts and ponds, ditches for utilities, and pipe laying. Some training will allow the student to specialize in one specific type of equipment, such as diesel engines, cranes or bulldozers.

It is important that your education is from a school that is accredited by the National Center of Construction Education and Research (NCCER). This will give you the edge over the competition when it comes to finding jobs. Accreditation gives future employers confidence that your training in operating heavy equipment has been thorough and comprehensive.

When you complete your course, you will gain a certificate of completion or a technical diploma. All professional operators are required to possess a commercial drivers license (CDL), and training from an accredited school will help you pass the exams.

Right now, there are thousands of job openings waiting to be filled by well-trained, certified heavy equipment operators. Some schools are happy to offer job placement assistance, and a good training will go a long way towards helping you secure a position you will be proud of.

To learn more about this training, submit a request to a few appropriate vocational schools on our website and you can soon be on your way to an exciting and challenging career as a certified heavy equipment operator.

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Michael Bustamante is a staff writer for Media Positive Communications, Inc. in association with Find schools providing Heavy Equipment Operator Training, as well as Colleges, Universities, Online Schools and Vocational Schools at, your resource for higher education.

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