Course Information and Training Requirements
An excavator is necessary on a variety of construction, demolition, and landscaping projects. In addition to being used to dig trenches and holes, it can also be used to lift and move materials with ease. Plus, because excavators are some of the most frequently used pieces of heavy equipment, certified operators are always in demand.
With excavator operator training, you’ll understand the components that make up this heavy equipment, and you’ll know how to operate various types of excavators to complete a range of tasks. So, if your goal is to work on different types of construction projects, getting your excavator certification can help you stand out against other job candidates.
At Heavy Construction Academy, our heavy equipment program includes excavator training that can help you start a career in construction or advance an existing career. These credentials will prove that you know how to operate an excavator correctly and safely.
Are you interested in becoming an excavator operator? Below, you’ll find some information to help you get started. And if you want to learn even more about our certification program, feel free to contact us anytime, as we’re always happy to answer your questions.
- Who should consider taking this course? Anyone who wants to discover how to use heavy equipment like excavators. This includes everyone from recent high school grads to veterans, as well as those who are new to construction.
- What can you expect after completing this course? You’ll be certified to operate a total of eight different pieces of machinery. We have job placement assistance available to you through our Career Services department
- How long does the course last? Just six weeks.
- Are there any prerequisite requirements? No, there aren’t any prerequisites to worry about. Just sign up when you’re ready to become an excavator operator.
- How should you prepare for this program? You don’t have to worry about going through any special prep prior to taking this course. We’ll give you everything you need.
- What can you expect to learn from this course? In addition to knowing the ins and outs of using an excavator, you’ll be certified on seven other types of heavy equipment: front end loader, backhoe, skid steer, roller compactor, bulldozer, motor grader, and off road dump truck.
Are you interested in seeing what students have had to say after completing our training program? Check out our testimonials page.
Career Options and Certifications
The requirements for excavator positions will vary. Nevertheless, as an excavator operator, you can generally expect that job duties will include tasks like digging and removing rocks and soil.
Also, according to the U.S. Board of Labor Statistics (BLS), if you have the skills necessary to operate heavy equipment, such as an excavator, you can potentially earn $18-25 per hour, or $48,000 annually, on average.
Operating a Excavator General Questions
Do you need a license to operate an excavator?
Whether or not you need an excavator operator license will depend on the state in which you live and work. Check your state’s requirements regarding CDL licenses to determine if you need one to drive equipment, such as an excavator, to and from a job site.
What are the different types of excavators?
There are several types of excavators, and they include long reach excavators, crawler excavators, dragline excavators, and suction excavators. Plus, they come in different sizes, such as mini excavators. And these machines can also be used with various attachments.
What’s the difference between an excavator and a digger?
Compared to a digger, an excavator is more effective when performing heavy-duty work, and it can rotate 360° (a digger is capable of rotating only 200°). The type of machinery you’ll need to use will depend on the job and its requirements, but an excavator is usually the more versatile option.
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HCA’s excavator training, which is part of our comprehensive heavy equipment program, is taught by industry pros with years of experience, and we can guarantee one student per piece of equipment to maximize your operation time.
We’re proud to say that we have trained thousands of students from around the country, and we can provide assistance with lodging and financial aid to those who need it as well.
Contact us at 888.772.9002 today to learn more about our training program. Then, get excited to dig into your new career!