Tech Workers Swapping Office Cubicles For Heavy Equipment

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This article is about how more people are learning that heavy equipment type jobs pay well and offer great benefits. This article also contain a real life case example of a recent heavy equipment student.

Forget the computer boom: high tech is out - heavy tech is in.

Connecticut-based Ken Jello had it all; a great job as a computer systems consultant, money in his pocket, a career, a future, but he could also see the writing on the wall. As more and more of his fellow tech workers found themselves losing their job to outsourcing and the dot com slump, Ken began to wonder if there wasn’t something out there that he’d enjoy more than sitting in an office cubicle, tapping on a keyboard, and going cross-eyed looking at a screen. He’d always enjoyed being outdoors, and wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty, so on a whim, Ken talked to a relative who working in the family construction company and asked how the industry was looking.

The answer was short, and simple: “it’s going nuts.”

Within days, Ken had signed on to National Heavy Equipment Operators School, a Florida-based trade school that allows students to learn how to operate excavators, backhoes, diesel truck tractors, bulldozers, and more. Graduates exit the program fully accredited, and ready to be placed in construction jobs across North America. But for Ken, the idea behind his recruitment was simple; he wanted to know everything he could about the construction industry, so he could join the family business and one day run the show. And of course, it doesn’t hurt that it’s impossible to outsource the job of an excavator operator to Pakistan. “My favorite piece of equipment was the excavator,” said Jello upon graduating. “For the most part, it was pretty easy going. You’re using Komatsu, Volvo and Kobelco excavators, and you spend time on bulldozers – John Deere’s and Caterpillar’s – and though the CDL training in the 5th and 6th weeks was a little tougher, I was surprised how quickly and how well I managed to learn how to use so much equipment.”

Jello went on to join his family business and hasn’t looked back – graduating from NHEOS with the honor of Graduate of the Month. “You get a great sense of accomplishment finishing a course like this,” said the recent graduate. “Let’s face it, tech workers are a dime a dozen, but the ability to take a backhoe and rip a few tons of soil out of the ground…well, it’s like being a little kid all over again.”

“We’re finding more and more people leaving the traditionally sought after industries of the high tech world and office-based jobs to get their hands dirty in construction, and the reasons why are simple,” said the school director. “It’s in huge demand, there’s money to be made, and it’s really a lot of fun wheeling these big steel beasts around all day.”

About the National Heavy Equipment Operators School:

NHEOS offers entry-level students who wish to learn how to use machinery the chance to do so with a hands-on range of courses based in Florida, that include bulldozers, excavators, backhoes, Bobcats, skid steer loaders, and diesel truck tractors, for the purposes of land clearing, culverts and ponds, ditches for utilities, pipe laying and road building.



PO Box 65789

Orange Park FL 32065-5789

Phone: 1-800 488 7364

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David Rose