There’s a reason that Tonka Trucks have been a number one selling toy: it’s because plenty of kids love imagining they are in control of dump trucks, cranes, and bulldozers. Naturally, when all those kids grow up they don’t become heavy equipment operators but for the few that do, they not only can make a decent living but they get to play in the dirt every day. And we all know how much fun that can be!
As the job title would imply, heavy equipment operators are those skilled labor workers who can handle the big machines. On a construction site, you first have to clear the ground which means operating a bulldozer, dump truck, backhoe and excavator. You’re essentially moving one pile of dirt and rumble into another pile that has to get hauled away. Ask any heavy equipment operator and they’ll tell you that as bulky as these machines are, it takes a level of finesse to operate them properly. That’s not to say a heavy equipment operator has to be “dainty” at the controls but you’ve certainly got to have solid hand eye coordination.
Once the ground is cleared and the building work begins there’s a whole new level of heavy equipment operators that come into play. Typically this will mean crane operators. You could be offloading equipment and supplies from the ground or from a crane built at the top of a skyscraper. Crane operators also come into play at the ports for unloading cargo. Think of that as a huge game of Tetris! The higher you go the more factors such as weather and weight distribution comes into play for crane operators. This means you can just hop into the cab of a crane and get cranking. You need to know the specifics of what you’ll be lifting. Ultimately, the “buck stops” with you as the operator with regard to safety. Read More...
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The SMRP is a not-for-profit corporation formed to network those in the maintenance profession.
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The Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP) program is the #1 credentialing program for certifying the knowledge, skills and experience of M&R professionals. It’s more than just committing textbooks to memory; it’s a thorough examination of individual expertise measured against a universal standard.
Offered at Hawkeye Community College the John Deere Industrial Mechanic Program offers advanced mechanical and hydraulic training for individuals interested in a career with John Deere.
What will Industrial Mechanics do at John Deere?
Industrial mechanics repair and perform preventive and predictive maintenance activities on mechanical and fluid power systems on machine tools, and industrial machinery. They utilize a strong skill in problem solving to diagnose and correct problems as well as determine what needs to be done to prevent problems from recurring.
Learn more about the program, course descriptions, tuition and fees, financial aid and more by visiting the Hawkeye Community College website here.
The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association is a craft oriented, independent aviation union. It is not an industrial union and represents only airline technicians and related employees in the craft or class in accordance with the National Mediation Board Rules and their dictates. AMFA is committed to elevating the professional standing of technicians and to achieving progressive improvements in the wages, benefits, and working conditions of the skilled craftsmen and women it represents.
The AMFA motto reads ~ “Safety in the Air Begins with Quality Maintenance on the Ground.”
Visit the AMFA website here and learn more about the association, membership, organizations, contacts, industry news and more.