If you like video games – as in using joysticks and controls – you may like to get into a field that uses these types of controls. No, it’s not testing video games or becoming an airline pilot but a heavy equipment operator. Heavy equipment operator’s life is about using joysticks, buttons and controls.
If you play video games a lot, you probably have pretty good hand-eye coordination. You probably like the challenge of moving things around with the control of your fingertips, too. Yes, there are differences such as the size of the screens on heavy equipment such as excavator or grader, but you still need to work with your hands and understand the link between controls and actual movement. In fact, heavy equipment operators would test pretty well if they were put to the test using controls to move around objects on the latest gaming software like Xbox or PlayStation.
If you think you like that link between control and real life, then think about going into heavy equipment. It’s not a game. It’s real but you can use your skills precision controls and also your love of dealing with controls. Heavy equipment also uses the help of satellite too as in GPS . . . . something the gaming industry may just be tapping into. Just think, you may have a preview of the future.
If you want to see what heavy equipment jobs are like or want to test a few, come to one of our free heavy equipment workshops called, “Operator 101.” It will give you a no-fuss, no-stress preview of our school, the Heavy Construction Academy.
Like the video game loves, there are many types of heavy equipment to choose from. The key is to find a school that will train you on many so you can point your finger to the one you like the best — maybe the one with the most controls to push and pull?