A new sign in front of Performance Training Solutions (PTS) in Reynoldsburg emphasizes its partnership with Central Ohio Technical College (COTC). The sign, installed this spring, displays COTC's logo right next to PTS's logo showcasing the two organizations and their commitment to training heavy equipment operators.
"Responding to the emerging workforce needs in the field of heavy equipment operation, COTC and PTS teamed up to develop a one-year certificate program in heavy equipment operation and a two-year associate degree in heavy equipment operation technology," said PTS President Matt Foor. "There is a growing workplace demand for credentialed heavy equipment operators and increasing technical training required in the field."
"The mission of Central Ohio Technical College is to meet the technical education and training needs of students and employers in the area," said COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D. "Forming partnerships like the one with PTS is a perfect example of how COTC lives its mission. There is a need in the central Ohio workforce, and COTC is working with PTS to offer students the training and skills they need to fill those positions and meet the need."
In addition to the certificate or degree from COTC, students who complete the program receive credentials from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). The coursework includes soils and materials testing, in-depth surveying, as well as business, management and communications curriculum that prepares graduates to advance their careers in management and supervisory positions.
"Job opportunities today are plentiful and expected to increase at a rapid pace," said Foor. "Building maintenance and infrastructure replacement continues regardless of economic conditions."
Graduates can get jobs in a variety of industries including:
- Commercial, residential or industrial construction
- Highway and bridge construction
- State Department of Transportation
- Dams and levees
- Utilities: gas, water, sewer and electric
- Mining and quarry
- Timber and logging
- Recycling, waste management and scrap
- Oil shale and oil sands pipeline
- Terminal operations
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean hourly wage for a heavy equipment operator is about $42,000 per year.
"We are excited to make this opportunity available to students through our partnership with COTC. It fills a vital workforce need in central Ohio at the same time," said Foor.
Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.