Demand for Qualified Heavy Equipment Operators More Than Supply

According to the Associated General Contractors of America (ACGA) 74% of construction companies answering a survey reported that they are facing worker shortages. The ACGA represents more than 30,000 companies and results of the survey revealed that the three fields lagging the most behind demand are; laborers, carpenters and equipment operators. Heavy equipment operators are sought after because they need a higher level of training and quickly filling the positions can be difficult.img

“Many construction firms are already having a hard time finding qualified workers and expect construction labor shortages will only get worse,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America. “We need to take short- and long-term steps to make sure there are enough workers to meet future demand and avoid the costly construction delays that would come with labor shortages.”

The survey was released in late September of 2013 and 86 percent of the responders reported that in addition to immediate worker shortages, they expected the situation to “not improve or get worse” over the next 12 months and beyond. According to Sandherr, companies are being proactive and implementing strategies to improve the situation.

Forty-eight percent of firms responsding to the survey are mentoring future craft workers, 38 percent are participating in career fairs and 33 percent are supporting high school-level construction skills academies. In addition, 47 percent of responding firms are offering internships for construction professionals.

“At North American Heavy Equipment Training Services (NAHETS) we look at the entire construction industry on a daily basis and are working with companies from around the country to implement quality and effective heavy equipment training, and we are doing our part to help decrease the shortage that the Associated General Contractors of America survey revealed,” says Jarad Van Wagoner, the director of Development for NAHETS. “We offer a variety of training services from plans for individuals looking to get into the industry, to providing company training for an entire work force, to our Train-the-Trainer Course and Trainer Toolkits which ensures executive management that their company trainers are qualified and delivering the proper training to employees.”

Feel free to contact us to discuss ways NAHETS can help your company meet the demand for qualified workers. We have graduates ready for placement and/or we can also work with your company to implement training processes that will quickly get workers up to speed.

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Image courtesy of Associated General Contractors of America.

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