The story of Walter Clough is not a rare one for many students that attended one of NAHETS member schools. Walter graduated from the Oklahoma College of Construction and is working for APAC in Missouri making 35/hr. He is an operator, but also doing site plans and other duties. This isn’t Walter’s first HEO job since graduation, but it’s his first full time job. 35.00/hr is very impressive for anyone, however for Walter it’s…. well…you gotta know Walter. I asked him his secret to landing this job (Apac was one of his job leads in his original packet) almost a month ago. He walked onto the jobsite, filled out an application and was hired on the spot!!! That’s it! We always encourage our graduates to not be afraid to walk on a job site and speak with a foreman/site supervisor. These guys usually know what their immediate needs are before the corporate office does. Anyway, Walter has been encouraged to do this for quite some time….he finally did it and it’s finally paying off. Congratulations to Walter!
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Posted by nahetsblog on July 20, 2009
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Posted by nahetsblog on July 13, 2009
Redding police say an 18 year old male from Redding, CA, Trevor Traphagan, allegedly stole a backhoe construction tractor and drove it erratically down Oasis Road near Lake Boulevard around 10:20 p.m. Police officers tried to stop the giant machine, but Traphagan ignored all of their attempts. The officers then placed spikes on the road in front of the tractor, which were once again ignored and just driven over. One police officer reported that Trevor ignored all police lights and sirens.
Traphagan then turned onto Santa Rosa Drive and drove the backhoe into a parked police car while the officer was laying down the spike strips, police said. After tuning onto Dara Court, a dead-end street, he stopped the backhoe struggled against the officers but was eventually taken into custody, polices said.
Traphagan was booked into the Shasta County Jail for suspicion of driving under the influence, resisting arrest, evading a police officer, reckless driving, assault on a police officer and stealing a motor vehicle. Unfortunately all of these charges could have been avoided if Traphagan had enrolled to become a certified heavy equipment operator through one of NAHETS member schools. Instead of driving backhoes into police cars, he would be driving them into the future.
Posted by nahets on May 19, 2008
The Oklahoma College of Construction (OCC), a NAHETS institution, was published in the May issue of the American Crane & Transport Magazine. Previously Wade Vakulick, director of industry relations and safety, contacted American Crane & Transport and invited them to visit the OCC campus to gather material for their upcoming May issue, which deals with crane operator safety and training. Although the site visit ended up not working out, American Crane & Transport called Wade and held a phone interview. The content of the interview is published in the article.
The article is entitled, “How safe is safe?” and focuses on crane safety and training . . .
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Posted by nahets on March 27, 2008
With the high demand for certified, safety conscious, and well-rounded crane operators, we decided to revamp our current three week crane program to a six week program. Upon completion of our six week program, our operators will be prepared to take NCCCO small and large telescopic boom certifications, and they will also receive a Certificate of Achievement from The Crosby Group. Students will be trained in different rigging practices such as confined space movement and detaching rigging blocks for lifting purposes. Our purpose in expanding our crane program is to ensure that our Crane Operators are leaving with an even greater understanding of safety and proper operations for crane and rigging practices.
Posted by nahets on February 19, 2008
Scotty Gecks, Director of Training Services for Oklahoma College of Construction (OCC), relates a graduate success story.
Attitude–A little word that makes a big difference. Monique Lammers came to our school not knowing if her finances would clear. It was nip and tuck at first. During this time of uncertainty she kept her eye on the prize. She enrolled in our Mobile Crane Program determined that whatever the outcome she wanted all the knowledge she could get. Her determination, positive attitude, and quiet confidence caught everyone’s attention. She had a full head of steam when the good news came about her finances and had already set the bar for her classmates. She had some construction experience, but she came here wanting something more . . . a lot more. When she saw the brochure and video from Mammoet Heavy Lift and Transport, she knew. That was it. That was the something more she wanted . . .
The more she progressed through the program, the more determined she became to work for Mammoet. It was during the last week of her training that Doug Allen from Mammoet called. He was in Hawaii and was inquiring about another graduate who had applied and I mentioned I had a “good one” coming up that was wanting to work for Mammoet. I knew Mammoet doesn’t hire until grads have their CCO, but he became interested in Monique. Before the conversation ended, he asked if I would have her call him. They had a phone interview and the next day he called and made her an offer. She accepted. Monique graduated Outstanding Mobile Crane student and has passed and received her CCO Certification. She is the first female hired in the Crane Division of Mammoet, USA!
See Blog Post “Mammoet North America Interested in OCC Campus Graduates” for background on Mammoet and OCC.
The Oklahoma College of Construction is a member school of the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools (NAHETS).
Posted by nahets on November 12, 2007
Back in May of this year, a member school of the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools (NAHETS), the Nevada School of Construction (NVSC), hosted the largest CCO Practical Examiner Accreditation workshop ever held by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO). An original press release in August was submitted on the front page of NCCCO.org. Just last week the press release was found again on the ThomasNet Industrial Newsroom site.
The workshop stressed the importance of certification, standards, and safety in crane operating. This is significant because the demand for crane operators—professionally trained and certified—are high in demand in the United States. The affiliation of NCCCO and all NAHETS member schools, including the NVSC, is to satisfy this demand by providing highly trained and educated crane operators, as well as heavy equipment operators in general. Please see the above links to read the details of the workshop.
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Posted by Taylor Morris on September 27, 2007
On the morning of September 21, the Southern California College of Construction (SCCC) received a visit from Chad D. Hilde—a representative of the U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). SCCC Training Director Al Loya discussed matters of safety with Mr. Hilde as he inspected the SCCC facilities. Loya said the following regarding the visit:
I was able to meet with Mr. Hilde briefly in order to assure him that we are constantly striving to be a very safe work site, especially since we are a training site. He was able to look through our site plan and “Part 46” plan, which he found favorable and in order as expected. We also discussed certificates for our students and we assured him that all on site were in possession of their certificate. Mr. Hilde was gracious enough to address our students and provide real world examples and safety concerns that are prevalent in the workplace and are major violations. We look forward to meeting again with Mr.Hilde and we will continue to encourage and insist on safe practices at all times.
The MSHA enforces mandatory safety and health standards at all mining and mineral processing sites in the United States. The SCCC was visited by MSHA because its training facility is also located on a mine site. The SCCC campus president, Henry Salgado, is very pleased with the MSHA visit, and said that Mr. Hilde was “very impressed and had no negative findings.”