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NAHETS Announces Release of the Yellow Metal Boot Camp-Heavy Equipment Field Training Manual

Posted by Taylor Morris on August 15, 2007

Las Vegas — August 14, 2007 — Today the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools (NAHETS) announced immediate distribution of its new Yellow Metal™ Boot Camp Heavy Equipment Field Training Manual (version-1), enabling its member schools to further use the skills-based field curriculum in their training services. The manual will enhance and make more effective the heavy equipment training and education provided by NAHETS member heavy equipment schools.

NAHETS requires its member schools to use the Prentice Hall Contren Learning Series program from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Yellow Metal Boot Camp integrates with the NCCER heavy equipment skills tasks which are taught in the field. The full color, 440 page phone-book size volume features original illustrations packaged in a customized, foil embossed cover.

Yellow Metal Boot Camp Training Material

NAHETS also announced that the manual has a companion website for students. The site features several hours of training videos that compliment the components of the equipment training tasks, referred to as “drills.” This program presents the original task-based curriculum, as well as graphically rich multimedia. Equipment training videos can be also downloaded onto an iPod, watched on-line via, or played from a DVD. This NAHETS product is taught in conjunction with the basic NCCER curriculum.


Chris Cannon-Director of Curriculum Development

NAHETS director of curriculum development, Chris Cannon said, “We have been working on this field training program for several years. Matt Klabacka, executive director for NAHETS, Marty Guy, chief heavy equipment instructor, and Jeff Belknap, training director at the Nevada School of Construction, recognized the need for a more organized, task-oriented field training system to supplement the NCCER curriculum in our schools. This program covers everything from safety, blueprints, and grade work, all the way through each piece of heavy equipment we teach at the schools including: skid steer loaders, tractors, backhoes, dump trucks, water trucks, compactors, loaders, forklifts, bulldozers, scrapers, excavators, and motor graders.”


Klabacka took this concept to the University of Las Vegas Center for Work Force Development, where Professor Dr. Clifford R. McClain helped organize, validate, and refine it. From there the NAHETS curriculum development department consulted with experts in the field and then authored a supplementary training curriculum. Then they partnered with the NAHETS media department and Yellow Metal TV, headed by Rhett Nielson, producer and artist who came up with the original packaging, display, and marketing concept. In addition, NAHETS also engaged Ryan Bankhead, 3-D animation specialist and illustrator, and video editors and cameramen Trevon Angulo, David Taylor, and Sam Teilman, to create the Yellow Metal Boot Camp product that NAHETS has today.


The National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools ( is recognized as the national leader in the entry level heavy equipment operator training field. It has member schools located coast to coast across the country. The association schools offer a wide range of training and services designed to empower people in their quest to join the ranks of the highly sought after construction trades, specializing in heavy equipment operation from backhoes and bulldozers to rough terrain hydraulic cranes.




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Student Testimonial

Posted by nahetsblog on June 7, 2007

“My name is Tom Johnson.

“I’m from New England, Connecticut. I am 24 years old. I was actually eating breakfast with my mom and dad when they mentioned I should go to the Georgia School of Construction, member of the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools, NAHETS, ( They said they would pay for it and I took them up on it. The drive down from Connecticut was 1,000 miles, and it took me 18 hours. I found out about the Georgia School of Construction through the website. The difference was the website. It was very professional-it looked like something I want to be part of.

“I really didn’t know what to expect-I was a little nervous. They were talking about job placement; they were really stressing safety. One of the things they said it would take was a good attitude. You have to be at the school at 7 AM, you do 4 hours of book work then you break for lunch, then you get out to the site around noon and spend the rest of the day on the equipment. It’s just like playing in the dirt.

“We showed up at the site and they gave us our hard hat and safety glasses. They could not stress enough the safety. We went and familiarized ourselves with the equipment there and we walked around the equipment telling us about the pinch points, about the grease nipples, stuff like that.

“Our first week we went over safety, our second week we really got on the equipment and really learned how to operate it and basic stuff, our third week it was more of skilled operator stuff. Level I was about skidsteer(bobcat), backhoe, tractor, dumptruck, watertruck, front loader, safety, familiarizing yourself with the equipment, and skill training on 7 pieces of equipment.

“The school stressed that their biggest thing was job placement so I put my confidence in them. The school would make a lot of contacts for me, they would write me up a resume. They went on the computer for me the used their own contacts.

“I stayed at the suburban extended-stay hotel, it’s a decent place. There’s a lot of people in and out so there’s always something going on.

“The staff is great. Jay, he is like one of the guys. I feel like my ability is much greater than from when I started. I feel very comfortable on the equipment that I learned to operate.

“I feel I know enough to start my own business.”

View the testimonial here

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