Heavy Equipment Training in Ohio

By Melanie Williamson

  • Overview

    Ohio is home of several heavy equipment training schools. The school you choose should be accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). The training you receive should prepare you for certification. This article will explain the types of certification available, things to consider regarding heavy equipment operations, as well as some of the benefits of going into the field.
    Heavy Equipment Training in Ohio
  • Types

    You can get certified in the operation of bulldozers, scrapers, rollers, forklifts, hydraulic excavators and motor graders through the NCCER. After a written and practical exam, you can be certified to operate a mobile crane through the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators. You can also get licensed to operate flatbed/low boy trucks and on-road dump trucks by acquiring a Class-A CDL. The state of Ohio requires both the Class-A CDL and the Mobile Crane certification in order to operate those particular machines.
  • Facts

    The cost of heavy equipment training can vary widely depending on the school you choose and the type of certification you want. There are, however, state and federal funds available to most individuals looking into heavy equipment training. There is the Workforce Investment Act, the Trade Adjustment Act, The Displaced Farmers Vocational Rehabilitation fund, and there are Veteran grants available to pay for heavy equipment training.

  • Features

    One of the many heavy equipment training schools available to Ohio residents is Associated Training Services (ATS). The school breaks the heavy equipment training program into levels, which build on each other. This will ease you into the operation of heavy equipment. It offers classes Monday through Friday, and there is a job placement service once you have earned your certification. The school has been able to consistently find jobs for 80 percent of its students. To enroll with ATS you need to be over the age of 18 and able to pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical. For more information you can call (800) 383-7364.
  • Considerations

    Operating heavy equipment can be a very dangerous job. It is generally always outside in the elements and can be seasonal. In Ohio, a common job for a heavy equipment operator is working road construction, which carries with it the risk of getting hit by a passing car, and the likelihood of working third shift hours. Although heavy equipment operators get paid well, it is a very demanding job.
  • Benefits

    Heavy equipment operators are always in high demand, and are needed everywhere. Operators in Ohio typically start in the range of $16 per hour, and can quickly make $25 to $34 per hour. With the unemployment rate what it is in Ohio, heavy equipment operation is a great opportunity for job security.
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