Those with heavy equipment training can find jobs in many different types of work. Some of the most popular positions include work at construction sites, construction of roads and bridges, working on offshore oil rigs and laying down or repairing highways and interstates. These jobs do not just entail running the equipment. Many of the operators inspect the equipment before setting beginning to work and may they perform maintenance and some minor repair work.
As with any position, the chance of getting a good job is to begin by graduating from high school. If there are mechanical courses available in high school taking them gives the individual a head start in the construction field. Other high school classes that can assist in construction positions are math, sciences and computer courses.
Formal heavy equipment training may allow someone to come into a job at an advanced position with a higher rate of pay. When attending college or vocational school to obtain heavy equipment training there are normally two types of learning involved. The first will consist of time in a class room doing reading and research. The next, and sometimes most important part of learning, will take place outside of the class room and will involve hands on training.
Another option in formal training is working with an apprentice program. Apprentices will normally learn to work with a wide arrange of equipment which may give them more job choices. These types of programs usually last around 3 years and consist of working for an employer at an apprentice’s pay lever and approximately 144 hours of classroom time each of the 3 years. Depending on the position being applied for there may be additional certification or enrollment in certain professional associations required.