My Experience Going to School To Become a Heavy Equipment Operator

Something I’ve Always Dreamed About Doing

This major is the only thing I ever really wanted to do as a career. I’ve been around this my entire life. There’s pictures of me at two years old sitting on a backhoe and just waiting for someone to come start the key. I’ve always enjoyed being able to do something with the machine, move dirt with it. I think it’s neat to be able to run something that massive and be able to do something so fine with it. It’s just something that’s always interested me.

How the Class Structure Works

I recently took classes to become a heavy equipment operator. You take two semesters before you actually get into the machine. You do your site modifications, mechanics and safety classes. All the book work to know how that machine works and all the safety hazard with the machine. When you enter your third semester and you enter that machine you know everything that’s going on.

There are a couple days of housekeeping tasks but then everyone in the class gets to pick and machine and get in it and turn the key. What a relief that is like to know this is why I got into this industry. Right away you go out and start moving dirt. You could tell that everyone was excited because we all waited a year to do this.

Picking a Piece of Equipment to Run

The school has dump trucks, articulating trucks, brand new CAT equipment, the latest and greatest. I mean there is so much equipment up there that everyone had something to do every day. There’s more equipment than students.

Picking the Right School

Everything I’ve ever heard from the industry is that this college really trains its operators well. They teach you so much about the equipment and procedures that not every school does. Students from this college are more of an investment because they will be able to achieve more things in their career because they were well trained. They’re going to make the company’s money back a lot quicker than other schools.

Decision to Get Degree of Try It On My Own

During my last year of high school I was trying to decide whether it was worth going to the extra years of college or whether it would be better to just enter the workforce and try to make it on my own. I’m glad I made the decision to go to college because I’ll have that degree for the rest of my life. Yea, it’s two more years out of your life but it’s really not that much. Once I have that degree I can really do whatever I want.

I know many of you out there would also enjoy being a heavy equipment operator. My advice is to go to college and get your degree. Pick a good college that is reputable in the industry. Try your best and you’ll be happy with the results. If you have specific questions drop me a line and I’ll do my best to reply.