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Heavy equipment careers are not quite the same as many other careers. Sure, most careers offer a lifetime of employment opportunities. Many also offer advancement opportunities, sometimes to the very top of a business empire. A career in heavy equipment does offer a lifetime of employment opportunities, but it goes far beyond that.
For starters, qualified and experienced heavy equipment operators can work just about anywhere in the world. You may have to learn some of the local safety aspect, but otherwise, heavy equipment is heavy equipment.
Many operators decide that rather than relying on someone else for employment, they will buy their own equipment and start working for themselves. This can be particularly lucrative if you start out with one of the smaller machines like a bobcat or small backhoe.
A career in heavy equipment goes beyond all of that. Being part of a construction team is a little like being in the military. You develop a strong sense of camaraderie – you’re prepared to go into battle for one another. Construction teams develop these strong bonds as they work together day-in and day-out, often in potentially dangerous situations, and become well oiled units that complete projects with little problems.
Even when a team splits up, for instance, when a project finishes, those bonds remain. You can see it, even years down the track when they meet up again on a new job. You can see the effect these teams have when you watch a new arrival – particularly a young person. As they become a part of the team, their confidence grows and with it their ability to get a job done well.
Heavy equipment careers are not just careers for life. Heavy equipment careers become your life – but not in a negative or overpowering way. For the tens of thousands of operators out there, the life of a heavy equipment operator is second to none. They love the work, they love the hours, and they love their work team. There are not many people in careers who can say that – for the whole career.