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Can You Adapt To The Life Of Heavy Equipment Operator?

The life of a heavy equipment operator is not that tough. However, you will need to make some changes, particularly if you are coming from a sedentary working life like that found in an office. There are little things that many people don’t consider when changing to an outdoor and active working life. A good example is thinking sun smart – protecting your skin from the harsh sun. For those coming from an indoor working life, your skin may well burn quickly and easily.

That may sound silly, however, the first time you get seriously sun burnt, you won’t think it silly. That, however, is an easy option to consider. You will also need to consider:

  • Working outdoors – can you work outdoors in all weathers? Whilst sunburn is one consideration, working in sub-zero temperatures clearing snow is another. There is a lot to like about the outdoors, however, so don’t think of it as a negative. These days, most heavy equipment operators work in climate controlled cabs.
  • Working as part of a team – are you a team player? Heavy equipment operators are often an integral part of a team. If you haven’t been a part of a close team, you will need to learn to communicate and work closely with others.
  • Working independently – being a team player is one thing, working independently is another. If you go the extra yard and also acquire a commercial drivers license, you could find yourself working alone on a regular basis.
  • Maintaining a broad skills base – today’s heavy equipment operators should be skilled across a range of equipment. Having a commercial drivers license is also a big help. Multi-skilled operators have the benefit of a wider range of job opportunities, and more variety in their day-to-day work.

If you can adapt to the working life of a heavy equipment operator, then there are plenty of job opportunities opening up every day. Call us and we’ll help you organize a heavy equipment training program that will have you work ready within a month.

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