About 60 Hidalgo County JTPA and Welfare-to-Work clients will receive heavy equipment operator training to prepare them for employment in the construction industry. The program is a joint effort between TEEX and the County of Hidalgo Office of Employment and Training (CHOET) to prepare economically disadvantaged residents for employment.
Between 10 and 15 JTPA and Welfare-to-Work clients will participate in each of the four, eight-week heavy equipment operator training sessions. The training will cover operation of specific power equipment, safety while operating equipment and preventive maintenance. The training also will lead to Class B commercial driver’s licenses.
A significant amount of time will be dedicated to hands-on training so that students obtain the skills and experience necessary to operate the equipment properly. The program will include training on a motor grader, backhoe loader, wheel loader, dozer, track excavator and dump truck.
Working closely with the Associated General Contractors (AGC) and area employers, TEEX will help the program’s graduates find jobs in the construction industry and help to provide the opportunity for long-term self-sufficiency. It is expected that 90 percent of the program’s graduates will meet this goal.