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Frequently Asked Questions About Heavy Equipment Operators

Deciding on a career is a big decision. Whether you’re just out of high school or you’re looking to change fields, it’s smart to do research on prospective careers. One career to consider is that of a heavy equipment operator. It’s okay if you don’t know much about the field. At Heavy Equipment Colleges of America (HEC), we’re experts in heavy equipment operation and we’re here to help. That’s why we’ve put together a list of FAQs to give you a better idea of the heavy equipment operation field.

What do heavy equipment operators do?

As you can probably guess from the title, heavy equipment operators use heavy equipment. Heavy equipment is a wide category of machines that are used for construction, landfill management, personal construction projects and other purposes. This class of machines includes bulldozers, loader backhoes, a variety of cranes and more. Operating heavy equipment requires specialized training to ensure machines are used properly and to maintain the safety of the operator and others on the job site.

What is the best way to become a heavy equipment operator?

The best way to become a heavy equipment operator is to enroll in a heavy equipment operator training program like the ones offered at HEC. At HEC, we’re proud to offer four different programs that cover a wide range of heavy equipment, including mobile cranes and lattice boom crawler cranes. In a heavy equipment training program, you’ll learn proper techniques for operating heavy equipment safely and effectively. HEC’s instructors have experience in the field and will help guide you through your training journey.

What kind of education do you need to be a heavy equipment operator?

Most heavy equipment operators earn diplomas or certificates from trade schools like HEC. Enrolling in programs like those at HEC equips you with the skills, knowledge and hands-on experience that you need to succeed in entry-level heavy equipment operator roles. Not only will you learn how to use heavy equipment in a construction site and other settings, you’ll learn proper safety techniques. At HEC, as in construction sites across the nation, workplace safety is our highest priority.

How long does it take to become a heavy equipment operator?

Depending on the trade school, you can become a heavy equipment operator in a matter of weeks. At HEC, our programs are three weeks in length, which allows you to enter the workforce sooner than other programs. Our campuses are also approved testing sites for the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), meaning you can take your certification exam on campus if you’re going into crane operation.

What is the job outlook like for heavy equipment operators?

The future for heavy equipment operators in America looks to be a promising one in the near future. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 12 percent increase in the number of construction equipment operator jobs through 2026 compared to 2016’s total. Completing a training program at HEC can help you gain the skills and knowledge to take advantage of this expected demand.

How much can you make as a heavy equipment operator?

Potential earnings for heavy equipment operators can vary depending on the type of equipment they operate, where they work and how much experience they have. Completing a heavy equipment training program can help you establish a foundation of skills upon which to build your career. Most entry-level heavy equipment operator roles involve a significant amount of on-the-job training to help you master the nuances of life in the field.

Now that you know more about what they do and the training involved, does a career as a heavy equipment operator pique your interest? If it does, HEC can help prepare you for a potentially rewarding career in the field. To learn more about HEC’s certificate programs and the resources we offer students, contact us today.

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CA – San Bernardino:  1955 W. 9th Street | San Bernardino, CA 92411
 
CA – Ft. Irwin:  306 Langford Lake Road | Bld # TR0403 | CA 92310
(Location is on a military base and is VETERAN ONLY – Career Skills Program (CSP)*)
 
Georgia:  581 Sigman Road, Suite 300 | Conyers, GA 30013
 
North Carolina:  1909 Bragg Blvd, Suite 94 | Fayetteville, NC 28303
 
Oklahoma:  6101 W. Reno Avenue, Suite 1000 | Oklahoma City, OK 73127
 
Washington:  4701 McChord Drive SW | Lakewood, WA 98499
(Location is on military base and is VETERAN ONLY – Career Skills Program (CSP)*and VA Education Benefits)

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OKLAHOMA LOCATION ONLY: Heavy Equipment Colleges of America has a Certificate of Approval from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The school’s programs are approved by TWC. Students must address their concerns about this school of any of its educational programs by following the grievance process outlined in the school’s catalog. Students dissatisfied with the school’s response to their complaint or who are not able to file a complaint with the school, can file a formal complaint with TWC, as well as with other relevant agencies or accreditors, if applicable. Information on filing a complaint with TWC can be found on TWC’s website at www.texasworkforce.org/careerschoolstudents.

Heavy Equipment Colleges of America endorses the national certification program offered by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) and provides training to prepare candidates for CCO examinations.

*The Army’s Career Skills Program (CSP) prepares Soldiers for civilian employment through first-class apprenticeships, on-the-job training, job shadowing, internships and employment skills training. Soldiers are eligible to participate in an Army CSP up to 180 days prior to separation from the Army and after completion of the mandatory 5-day SFL-TAP workshop. To be considered for an open seat in a CSP you must contact the POC at the installation where you want to attend a CSP and submit your commander authorized/signed participation memo in advance of the start date.

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