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Apprenticeship

Discussion in 'General Industry Questions' started by coleenj78, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. coleenj78

    coleenj78 Member

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    So I'm getting ready to go to casa grande to take heavy equipment apprenticeship testing. Was wondering if anyone has any tips or suggestions. Thank you
     
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    I started to write a whole bunch of do's and don'ts, but if you read some of the posts on this forum you will have access to more information than can be digested in a short time.
     
  3. coleenj78

    coleenj78 Member

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    Yeah, ive been reading a lot on here and it's giving me great info.
    I've been interested in getting into heavy equipment for years and can finally do it.
    I appreciate any and all tips
     
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    Good luck Coleen!
     
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    have fun with everything! never be afraid to challenge yourself.. good luck with it all and be safe!:)
     
  6. coleenj78

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    That's my big thing, stepping out of my comfort zone, I've been around construction in every sense since I was a kid but doing it for a living is a little different and I will not fail as it is my future, thank you much
     
  7. Digger_Mike

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    That's an awesome mindset! Stepping out of a comfort zone is never easy, and for some is life changing. Before i got into equipment operation, i was a journeyman parts technician of ten years. I loved helping people, but i still day dreamed daily about my child hood fantasy of operating equipment. Being unhappy, getting stuck in a comfort zone, and not living life how i wanted were all constant reminders of how i needed a change. Five years ago i quit everything i knew, and went for it. I took some heavy equipment training, and started as a ground laborer.. but never once backed down from a challenge. Working hard and having a great attitude goes a long way, and i am now one of the lead excavator operators on site, and love every second of it.

    Keep your chin up and have fun with life, it is too short to be passed by everything you didn't do or have wanted to do. :drinkup
     
  8. qball

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    Operating is a very rewarding trade.
    Don't get frustrated with the new crop of college educated clip board holders that run jobs these days and you will do fine.
     
  9. coleenj78

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    Thank you guys