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How long is the course?

The training is in conducted in two phases.  The first phase is the “Distance Learning” portion.   You will complete these lessons at your own pace, and that may take from two to four months, depending on how much time you devote to the course each day.  The second phase of the training is called the “Resident Training” portion.  For this, you travel to our exclusive Training Grounds for a month (201 hours) of hands on training with...

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I have always heard that you must have at least a year or two of experience to be hired in the heavy equipment industry. Is this true?

No, it’s not true. With the completion of a training certificate from National, you will be afforded opportunities from contractors to “show your stuff.” The industry needs operators to replace the ones leaving and to fill the jobs required by the overwhelming increase in construction projects across the nation.  With the right mix of formal training, motivation, and integrity, no experience is required for entry-level...

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How much do Equipment Operators Earn?

Earnings for construction equipment operators vary. However, as of May 2012 the average yearly earnings for a construction equipment operator were $40,980, or nearly $20 an hour.* *Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Construction Equipment Operators, on the Internet at:...

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What is the outlook for jobs in the future for Heavy Equipment Operators?

Terrific!! Construction is expected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022*, faster than the average for all occupations!  This is due in part because of the increased spending on the infrastructure to improve roads, bridges, water and sewer systems, and the electrical power grid.  In addition to the need for heavy equipment operators to repair and upgrade our infrastructure, these workers will be needed to keep up with the need for...

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