From loaders and dozers to excavators and graders, Patrick Rose, the outreach coordinator with Northern Industrial Training (NIT) joined Daybreak Wednesday to give insight on careers as a heavy machine operator.
According to Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium (APICC), pay starts anywhere from $18 to $24 an hour. Eventually, experienced operators can earn more than $100,000 a year. To break into the field, NIT offers classes tailored to these real-life Tonka trucks.
“We actually have a program that’s six weeks long, a little bit of classroom but mostly all hands-on time,” said Rose. “So that way you get experience using all the different types of equipment … If you like working with your hands, you want to be outside, there’s nothing better than that. You get to see a job start to finish.”
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