What To Expect from Heavy Equipment Operator Training and Your New Career

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Women of AttawapiskatHeavy Equipment Operator Training, Is it for You?

Are you soon graduating from high school and considering your career possibilities? Do you feel tired of being cooped up in an office all day and desire more hands-on and exciting? Attending a heavy equipment operator training school could be the path to a great new career. One that may last the rest of your life!

Preparing for being a heavy equipment operator is crucial because this job is not suitable for everyone. We focus on hiring experienced professionals as faculty. At 5th Wheel Training Institute you receive training based on real-world situations. This includes making sure you’re a good fit for the job.

In this article, our aim is to discuss the expectations in a heavy equipment operator training school.   We also provide insight into what the job market reality will be like. If you find our article helpful and informative, you could become our next successful graduate!

Why Consider Heavy Equipment Operator as a Career?

Why choose to work on heavy equipment when there are so many potential careers available?

From a financial perspective, working as a heavy equipment operator will put you in an excellent situation. The construction and municipal work industries are experiencing a booming growth, surpassing the growth rate of most other industries. This means there’s near-constant demand for operators of vehicles of all types. Pay is good too and is more than enough to support a family once you’ve got a years experience.

Also, it’s fun and exciting, for the right people. As a heavy equipment operator, you will spend a significant amount of time outdoors. Outdoors operating some of the most amazing machines ever invented. For many heavy machine operators, half the appeal is in the machines they get to work with.

Plus, there’s no shortage of different machines, so you have plenty of opportunities for career growth. While attending heavy equipment operator training schools, you can acquire new certifications. You can earn multiple certifications on different vehicles as you progress, continually expanding your skill set.


What Is Heavy Equipment Operator Training Like?

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The best heavy equipment training schools have dedicated facilities outside the major cities. Having enough space for hands-on operation experience in simulated job sites is crucial. The proper environment allows you to gain practical experience, and this is an essential aspect that training schools prioritize. This kind of practical training can make you more attractive to potential employers.

Typically, these schools require students to live on-campus, unless they happen to reside within close driving distance. And training will be a ‘full-time job.’ You should prepare yourself to support your financial needs for a few weeks up to a few months.

This is difficult, but it produces the best and safest machine operators. It is crucial to remember that once you operate several tons of machine, you will be responsible for ensuring the safety of the job site and the people around you.Top-tier training is a must!

Similarly, dedication to the work will be expected from you as a heavy equipment operator. As a heavy equipment operator trainee, you should expect relatively little downtime, with classes usually lasting at least eight hours a day, five days a week. Again, not everyone is ready for the intensity of this training.

However, if you persevere, you’ll be in a great position to pick up jobs. The very best heavy equipment schools are recognized by the industry, and merely graduating from one will be a plus on your applications. Industry employers may even recruit new grads straight out of the top schools, cutting down on the time it takes to find a job.

The Reality of Heavy Equipment Operation

So, what should you know about the job itself?

First, there will be significant physical requirements. You won’t be spending all your time in the cab, pulling levers. You’ll also be expected to haul materials around, as well as being familiar with other jobs associated with the machine you’re working. For example, a good crane operator is also going to know crane rigging and be able to help out with preparing loads for a lift.

Plus, nearly all this work is outdoors, and you shouldn’t assume every machine you work will have an air-conditioned cab. A high tolerance for heat is a must!

Also, along with the physical requirements, a top heavy equipment operator must also be detail-oriented and a strong communicator. You’ll almost always be working as part of a team and, again, this is work which can be extremely dangerous. Staying in contact with your handler/overseer and maintaining awareness of the job site at all times is a must. Sloppy work can literally kill people, and you have to be safety-minded.

Opportunities Abound

The other thing to be aware of is that your job opportunities will wax and wane over the course of a year. Do not assume that you will be a full-time employee of a major construction company, at least not initially. You’ll probably spend a lot of time doing gigs and jobs as opportunity arises.

This can be an issue in the winter when construction work is at its lowest due to the weather. it’s a very good idea to pick up some certifications on municipal vehicles because of this. Many construction workers switch over to driving city machines like snowplows and street salters in the winter, This helps ensure year-round employment

Steady work can happen, but you’ll need to put in real effort to get to that point.

5th Wheel Training Institute Is Here to Kickstart Your New Career

If you’ve read everything above and think that you’ll be a good fit for heavy equipment operator training, there’s no time to get started like the present!

5WTI is one of the top truck driving and heavy machine operation schools in Ontario, with dedicated training facilities, and an absolutely stellar reputation among employers. We’re one of their first choices when they’re looking to recruit new graduates.  We also offer extensive employment assistance to all our graduates. Our industry connections are second to none, and we’re always here to help you find more work.

We’re running classes year-round, so there’s no reason to wait. Click here to learn more about us!

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