An information session on the upcoming 10-day Heavy Equipment Operator Training for women and minorities is Monday, February 27, from 1-3 PM at IowaWORKS Cedar Valley, 3420 University Ave., Waterloo.
Classes will begin Monday, March 13, 2017, from 8 AM-4:30 PM at Hawkeye’s Regional Transportation Training Center, 6433 Hammond Ave., Waterloo. An Iowa Department of Transportation grant is making this entry-level equipment operator training free to qualifying individuals. This interactive, hands-on training includes learning how to complete equipment safety inspections, how to use personal protective gear, safe operation of heavy equipment, and workplace safety principles. Trainees will learn using a combination of driving simulators and actual equipment, including wheel loaders, dump trucks, six-wheel trucks, forklifts, and skid steer loaders.
Entry-level construction workers make approximately $28,000 annually in Iowa. Currently, Iowa has approximately an 11 percent job demand increase in this field.
For more information, call 319-235-2123 or visit www.hawkeyecollege.edu/go/heavy-equipment.