If you’re a heavy equipment operator trying to increase your marketability to employers, it’s a good idea to put your skills to the test with some heavy equipment training. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the field or an experienced operator, having some credentials to back up your experience is never a bad idea. This blog will help you understand the top three benefits of heavy equipment training.
Benefit #1: Increased Employability
The top benefit of heavy equipment training is that you will become more likely to be hired. Employers look for candidates with more than hands-on skill. It means something that you took the time to go after credentials. For employers, it means you’re serious about the work and your career path. Think of it this way; say you’re going up against a candidate that has similar or the same skills as you. You can differentiate yourself and be more likely to get the job if you have some credentials to back up your experience.
Benefit #2: Higher Level of Safety
It stands to reason that an employer is going to favor candidates with safety training. One look at the annual costs of workers’ compensation should tell you that companies are in an ongoing battle to improve the safety of their work environments. If you’re a heavy equipment operator, we all know that experience can breed complacency and shortcuts. As your comfort level with the machine grows, you might be more likely to skip a safety rule here and there. So, even if you’ve been in the field a long time, a safety course now and again will help protect you—and your employer.
Benefit #3: Better Money
The more you know, the more you make. This is true in most jobs, and for heavy equipment operators it usually means experience rules the day. But if you’re trying to break into the field or you simply want better pay, going after some training certifications will help you negotiate a better hourly or salary rate. You should also be able to earn health insurance, paid vacations, and even retirement savings plans as part of the job. Many employers will even pay to put you through safety and other education classes—which is an added bonus.
What Kinds of Heavy Equipment Training Should I Consider?
If you’re considering heavy equipment training, consider first what the state requirements are. Some states don’t require heavy equipment training while others require certification and licensing. So, start there when deciding what type of classes to take. Some of the typical certifications you can consider include:
- ADEPT (Adaptable Equipment Proficiency Testing) is a national certification and well worth the investment.
- NCCCO (National Commission for the Certification of Crain Operators) is another national certification that is widely appreciated and recognized by employers, states, and cities around the country.
- OSHA certifications (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) are, for obvious reasons, widely recognized. OSHA often issues new regulations for worker safety, so having a few of their certifications on your resume will attract top employers.
Speaking of top employers, Stellar Staffing offers great heavy equipment roles at top companies. We work with candidates just like you and our services are free. Talk with our team about your experiences and credentials and get ready to go to work.