Heavy Equipment Operator Training
It’s more important than ever to make smart decisions about investing in your future. There are plenty of people who’ve gone tens of thousands of dollars into debt for college only to graduate and find that no jobs were available for graduates with their degree. If you sign up for heavy equipment operator training instead, you can spend a lot less money getting into a fast-growing field and be ready to start working in a matter of weeks rather than years.
What is training like?
Whether you sign up for Heavy equipment operator training or crane operator training, you can expect to start out spending about half of your time in the classroom and half using actual equipment. These training programs are often a great experience for people who hated high school because you actually get to dive in and learn the job through real experience rather than spending all of your time stuck behind a desk talking about it.
As you progress to Level 2 and 3 of the training programs, you’ll already know the basic safety rules and policies. That means that even more of your time goes into polishing your skills as an operator. At that point, you can expect to spend 60 to 70 percent of your time out of the classroom and behind the controls of actual backhoes, cranes, and other pieces of large equipment.
How much does training cost?
The actual cost depends on which training course you’re signing up for and how many levels you pay for at once. For example, it costs less to sign up for Levels 1 and 2 as a package together than it does to take Level 1 and come back for the second at a later date.
Is financial aid available?
Most types of financial aid provided through the Federal Government are designed for college and university programs, which means they can’t be applied to this type of accelerated training. However, there are other funding options that can help you afford training.
If you’re currently unemployed, you might be eligible for funding through a Workforce Investment Act or Trade Adjustment Act grant. These are programs that are specifically designed to help people who need help affording training to move into a new career. If you don’t qualify for these programs, you should still call for more information. Scholarships are sometimes available, and student services may be able to suggest other sources of funding that are appropriate to your circumstances.
Is there help for veterans and their families?
If you qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, either as a veteran yourself or as a dependent, you can apply those benefits toward your training. You’ll just need to provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility, which is available from the Veterans Administration.
What are a student’s chances of getting a job?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts construction and extraction work will be among the fastest growing fields from 2012 to 2022. Jobs are expected to grow as much as 20 percent, or twice the average for the overall economy. This means people who enter these fields have an excellent chance of enjoying a stable and lifelong career. This is also the type of work that is impossible to outsource to other countries.
PTS also provides career services to their students for life. Once you’ve gotten your heavy equipment certification, the career services department is committed to making sure you always have opportunities to use that training.