Idaho is and has been one of the top states for construction over the past few years…well guess what, there aren’t enough people to fill all the Idaho job openings for excavators, or backhoe and dozer operators. Idaho has a real need for heavy equipment operators and if you’d like a job change and a possible raise in income from your current job, an Idaho construction company is ready to train you for free.


The Idaho Transportation Department has seen a heavy decline in people willing to become heavy equipment operators recently, even though right now there is a big need for it here in Idaho. To help fuel an increase and to boost interest, the ITD and Associated General Contractors of America are going to offer an extensive heavy equipment operator school that will take place in Rathdrum Idaho from June 8th to the 30th.

The best part…It’s free and that includes your lodging. The ITD says they are especially interested in recruiting military veterans even disabled vets

And the pay once you graduate is nothing to sneeze at either with the average hourly pay for these jobs at around $28 to $30 per hour.

Right now there is a huge shortage of heavy equipment operators, not only in Idaho, but in Washington, Oregon, Montana and Utah.

According to the Idaho Transportation department, potential operators in the Idaho course will be trained to operate a skid steer, dozer, backhoe, loader, forklift, excavator, mini-excavator, roller, and semi-truck . They also will receive flagger certification

The ITD ran a program like this in 2015 and because of its success, received a federal grant to recreate the school again this year. If you have interest, you want to hurry because there are limited available openings


Deadline to take part in the school is April 1. Contact Connie Haggerty at or call (208) 772-1234



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