New Mexico Construction Company Benefits from ADEPT Certification Program Administered on site by National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Services 

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It has been said that education is an ongoing process, and no one knows that better than Jonathan Ballew, owner of Ballew, Inc., an excavation company in New Mexico that specializes in school construction projects.  Every day, Ballew and his crew are at work, preparing the foundation for the schools that that will prepare children for the future.

When an accident involving an excavator occurred on the jobsite earlier this autumn, Ballew immediately took steps to evaluate the training, skill level and safety practices of his own heavy equipment operators.  The project’s general contractor, McCarthy, urged Ballew and his team to get a third-party certification, and they contacted NAHETS, the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Services, to perform the evaluation and to provide certification as heavy equipment operators.

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Jarad Van Wagoner, NAHETS’ director of development, explained the outcome-based Adaptable Equipment Proficiency Testing (ADEPT) approach to certification that has been developed and refined at the organization’s three Colleges of Construction.

“The NAHETS certification program goes beyond simple operational expertise,” said Van Wagoner.  “In addition to operations, safety and maintenance, we also test site layout skills, blueprint reading, practical math and general construction knowledge. To earn heavy equipment certification, an operator must have theoretical as well as practical skills.”

The ADEPT certification met all project, site, and industry requirements and Ballew and McCarthy’s representative were particularly impressed that the evaluation could be done right on the jobsite.  Jonathan and two of his operators elected to go through the certification process on five pieces of equipment: wheel loader, excavator, backhoe, motor grader and skid steer.  Written exams were administered on the first of October and the practical field exams were conducted four days later.

All three passed the required written and practical exams, and received their ADEPT Heavy Equipment Operator Certification.  The training and accreditation earned the confidence and trust of both the general contractor and the client

“From beginning to the end of our operator certification process, NAHETS’ operation was seamless. They worked around our schedule and coordinated the testing in a thorough and professional manner,” said Ballew.  “I knew we had a good team; the ADEPT certification proved it. I recommend that all contractors go through this process.”

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NAHETS offers training and certification on cranes, ready-mix trucks, dozers and other specialized construction equipment at their training schools and on the jobsite. 

For more information, visit www.nahets.org or call 888-879-9492.  

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