Now that you made it through the course and finally completed it. You’re happy, finally, you can get your hands dirty and make money.
We all know that completing a heavy operator equipment training program is just the first step towards attaining your goal of landing a job. And the school can provide job placement for you.
But what if the operator where you’ve completed the course doesn’t provide such assistance, how can you then do it yourself? There are three (3) possible ways to do that. See below.
- Find a staffing agency - what I like about going to a staffing agency is that they find a suitable job for you based on your skill level and experience. They even provide feedback and tips on how to boost your chance of getting accepted for the job from resume preparation to passing an interview. If you don't have luck with other job hunting methods, contacting a staffing agency might work for you.
- Go to career fairs - career fairs are where job seekers and employers converge in one place. What I like about participating in a career fair is that you can be hired on the same day because the application process happens at that very moment you submit an application. Career fairs also give you the chance to connect with potential employers and meet peers that you can network with.
- Network with colleagues and friends who are operators just like you - asking friends for job search assistance can lead to positive results since they most likely the best recommendation where to apply for the job. They will gladly help you since they care about you too. They can be just a phone call away or just a few clicks of the button on social media platform. Don't be embarrassed to contact them, tell them you need a job, they would understand your situation.
Graduating from the Program Isn’t Enough, Make Sure You Have What It Takes to Perform the Job
- Since the nature of the job is physically demanding, make sure you are in ideal physical and health condition as you may undergo medical tests. You also have to be sure you not taking any substance as you will also undergo a test on this as well.
- Having a commercial driver’s license (CDL) will surely boost your chance of landing a job as a heavy equipment operator. Employers prefer those job candidates with such credentials as they do not have to train their workers to have a CDL.
- Having an NCCER certification will also increase your odds of getting a job offer with a better paycheck. Passing the NCCER certification involves passing the written and practical tests and in order to do that it taking a preparatory course will surely help.
Other Assistance the School Can Provide to Students
- Processing of government grants and other student aids can be done by the school. If you think you are eligible for any of these financial aids, you are advised to submit your application as it may take time for it to be processed. Find a school that accepts such financial aids to pay for the training.
- If you are not qualified for any government grants and other available funding programs, applying for a career loan is the next option to take. If you would like to pursue this, ask the heavy equipment operator school of your choice if they provide such assistance. What I like about getting a loan is that it is fast-processing and it can also cover fees on accommodation and other daily expenses during the training period - that means less headache for students. But it comes with interest.
- Career guidance is one of the assistance the school can provide to their students. This helps students land their first job as heavy equipment operators. So if you're new and don't know where to begin, it would be a great idea to choose a school that provides career guidance.
Where You Would Be in the Future
The job outlook is important when picking a career. You have to know where you would be in the next coming years. Fortunately, being a heavy equipment operator has good days ahead.
According to the latest report of BLS, the increase in demand for heavy equipment operators will continue until the year 2029 this is due to the increased expenditure in government infrastructures and growing population prompting to put up more buildings, homes, ports, roads, and bridges.
Heavy equipment operators will always be in demand in the next coming years as construction work never ceases and as there are more and more people in this industry retiring – there will be a shortage of skilled operators like you.
Now is the time to get into a career. Take the time and exert a little effort in completing a course – that is just the baby step of gaining experience to land a job.
With just a simple online search and networking with friends, you would not have a hard time finding a reputable institution known for producing highly skilled graduates and place them in employment.
We wish you good luck in your career and be safe!