I started operating heavy equiptment when I was 18 years old, I will be 53 in May. I have worked as an Operating Engineer in Local 825 for almost 35 years. I've lost count of the hundreds of different machines in tens of thousands of different types of work situations over the decades. When you work out of a hiring hall you get that kind of experience. And along with that you will come to know heavy equiptment and it's potential. Not to mention your ability to operate it.