What Should I Include in My Resume for Heavy Equipment Operator Job?

by | Jun 6, 2023 | Blog, Employment, Heavy Equipment, Heavy Equipment School | 0 comments

Now that you’ve decided on your new career in construction and heavy equipment, you may be wondering how to get a job in the industry. Writing a resume is one of the first steps you’ll want to take—even if you find a job posting through someone you know or at a job fair, it’s always a good idea to have one handy in case the company asks for one.

Here are three things to include in a resume for a heavy equipment operator.

1. The Basics

If this is your first resume and you have no experience, you may feel concerned you might be overlooked in the hiring process. Don’t worry, there are many resume builders to help write your resume for a heavy equipment operator, and you can look them up on search engines to get started. The main thing you’ll need for your own resume is the basic details: your name, contact information, and education.

After that, provide a small summary about yourself. If you are still a student but looking for a part-time job or an internship to help boost your skills, you can state that here. You can also talk about a few of your short-term goals for your education or work experience here.

If you don’t have any work experience, maybe you have small jobs in your background. Did you babysit? Did you mow lawns in the summer or shovel sidewalks in the winter? Did you help at your parents’ jobs on the weekends or during the summer? Any of these can add a little boost and show that you take initiative and that you’re reliable.

2. Once You’ve Finished Training

As with previous resumes, note your previous education and work experience, but don’t just say you are a heavy equipment operator. You also want to write down what particular things you know about the heavy equipment you can operate.

There are many excellent examples you can find online where you can get ideas and choose exactly the right words. Plus, you don’t always have to stick to the heavy equipment side of things. Here is a short example:

Heavy Equipment Operator

  • Operated heavy equipment while complying with safety policies and procedures; rated excellent in all safety ratings and evaluations
  • Kept company equipment clean and in working order and stored it safely
  • Recommended improvements to environmental performance, resulting in more streamlined procedures

3. Certifications

Once you’ve been in the industry for a few years, you might have more certifications on your resume than when you started. Make sure to list all of them, especially if there are any safety-related certificates or if they cover information above and beyond what you learned in the classroom.

West Coast Training helps our grads to find jobs in the construction industry. We understand that it’s hard to land a job without a resume or interviewing skills. So when you start your job hunt, you’ll have the resources of our employment services staff at your fingertips. Contact us today to start your career in heavy equipment operation.