Friday, September 28, 2007

I always wanted to be a heavy equipment operator...

I have always thought it would be cool to learn how to operate heavy machinery, the closest I ever came was a brief stint as an ambulance driver. Which of course is not close at all, nor did I last long on the job. I could not resist the temptation to be able to drive with the lights and sirens on just once to see what it was like. According to what I've read jobs in the heavy equipment industry are still out there which makes places like the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools a valuable resource for those of you who might be considering employment in this industry.

I really enjoyed visiting their website, they offer quite a bit of information as well as video and it's easy to request a free DVD and get started set. The video testimonials are a nice touch since it comes across as more sincere than just written testimonials, what real people have experienced through their schools is an important consideration. Yellow Metal USA is another additional plus since one of the most important things you want to know is if there are jobs out there for you before you take any type of classes and then once you complete a course, finding that job is going to be a priority.

In addition to checking out the website and sharing with you information on the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools, they also have a recent press release that they'd like to share with readers of LCS:

On the morning of September 21, the Southern California College of Construction (SCCC) received a visit from Chad D. Hilde—a representative of the U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). SCCC Training Director Al Loya discussed matters of safety with Mr. Hilde as he inspected the SCCC facilities. Loya said the following regarding the visit:

I was able to meet with Mr. Hilde briefly in order to assure him that we are constantly striving to be a very safe work site, especially since we are a training site. He was able to look through our site plan and “Part 46” plan, which he found favorable and in order as expected. We also discussed certificates for our students and we assured him that all on site were in possession of their certificate. Mr. Hilde was gracious enough to address our students and provide real world examples and safety concerns that are prevalent in the workplace and are major violations. We look forward to meeting again with Mr.Hilde and we will continue to encourage and insist on safe practices at all times.

The MSHA enforces mandatory safety and health standards at all mining and mineral processing sites in the United States. The SCCC was visited by MSHA because its training facility is also located on a mine site. The SCCC campus president, Henry Salgado, is very pleased with the MSHA visit, and said that Mr. Hilde was “very impressed and had no negative findings.”

The Southern California College of Construction (SCCC) is a member college of the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools ( The SCCC has been in operation as of June 2007. The SCCC trains, educates, certifies, and places heavy equipment operators into the construction and heavy equipment industries across the country.

Contact Information:

Henry Salgado
Southern California College of Construction Campus President
570 W. 4th Street Suite 103
San Bernardino, CA 92405

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