You never see just one heavy equipment on a construction site. Heavy equipment is a field that involves a wide range of heavy equipment. Heavy equipment operators often work as a team or on different equipment in one day. With some equipment, the types of operations are very similar such as the backhoe and the loader and excavator. You should know how to operate each of these.
Heavy equipment operators will tell you that if you understand and can operate a backhoe successfully, you will have no trouble operating a loader or an excavator. Although different, they have enough similarities that if you were trained in each you would have no trouble switching between the others — but you still need the training. And, to be really successful, you need to learn other equipment as well.
Backhoes are generally wheeled vehicles while excavators are normally driven. Loaders also are different compared to backhoes. While loaders and excavators are different than backhoes, the actual work involved is often very similar.
If you want to learn how to handle many different types of equipment, you need to go to a school that provides you with the best training possible. Visit the Heavy Construction Academy. We can teach you how to operate a loader, backhoe and an excavator. You will also learn to operate other equipment as well. We make sure our grads finish training and ready to take their first job — without needing to take more training. We are the first stop to your career and future in heavy equipment.