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Equipment Operator Training

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Runner, Jul 23, 2001.

  1. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    Hey, just out of curiosity, where would someone go (besides the military) to learn how to operate and obtain licensing to operate heavy equipment? This has always been an interest of mine, and would certainly be interesting to know just how to go aboutit, and what kind of training is involved. I know the best learning comes from experience, as the experienced operators become masters at this. (I refer to the example of the ad where the guy poors a glass of wine with the Komatsu excavator.) (Atleast I THINK it was a Komatsu.):)
  2. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,067

    There are all sorts of schools you can go to learn how to operate every piece of equipment out there. It's expensive, but you'll be a certified operator. Cat has one, it's about 3 weeks long and you can choose what equipment you want to learn how to operate. Anything from backhoes to scrapers, they teach it all. Check it out!
  3. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    Whats wrong with joining the military to learn?? They let you break everything from wheel barrow's to excavators!

    On a serious note:

    Most manufacturer's offer courses on specific pieces of equipment (their's of course!)

    Besides that, check with your local chapter of International Operating Engineers. They are known for having the best apprentice training programs offered. They have a "learn while you earn" deal too, so its not just going to school. Heres the site if you would like to chek it out.


    Your Michigan local is located in Livonia (#324) Telephone- 732-462-3660

    Drop me a line if theres anything else I can help you with.


    Hope this helped!
  4. cat320

    cat320 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 822

    I learned the old fashion way work for people that have that kind of equipment.they will help sponser you for a license and train you to work them in acual jobs and not simulations.Call your goverment agency that license that and they should be able to tell you what to do.
  5. eskals

    eskals LawnSite Member
    Posts: 210

    Correction on Guido's post: The phone number is 734-462-3660.

    No 732 area code in Michigan.

  6. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

  7. eskals

    eskals LawnSite Member
    Posts: 210

    Happens to the best of us, Guido. :D It's not like I am checking up on you, but I live vext door to Livonia and didn't recognize the area code.

  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    Wow! Thanks for the info!:)

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