Tilson & the Heavy Equipment Colleges of America

Tilson has partnered with the Heavy Equipment Colleges of America (HEC) and the DOD SkillBridge Program to offer a first-of-its-kind Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) certification program. The two-week training course is not offered anywhere else in the country, is fully funded, and open to current Tilson employees and incoming DoD SkillBridge interns.

Tilson is building America’s fiber broadband infrastructure, ensuring homes, businesses, and communities nationwide have reliable and fast internet connections. Fiber optic is increasingly becoming the material of choice in internet deployment, and directional drilling positions are in high demand. Tilson has partnered with HEC to be able to offer participants on-the-job training as the company scales to build networks for its customers. Tilson is hiring for more than 80 positions across the country.

For non-military applicants interested in drill operator and locator positions.

For military and transitioning veterans interested in a SkillBridge internship.

Earning Your HDD Certification

As a Ditch Witch-authorized provider, HEC is a private education and training school specializing in training entry-level heavy equipment and crane operators. Students enrolled in the program will train using state-of-the-art DitchWitch HDD equipment and benefit from on-site instructor-led training courses. Courses will cover the basic principles of directional control:

  • Communicate effectively with a team
  • Follow safety best practices
  • Implement traffic control and other preventative measures
  • Perform equipment inspection procedures
  • Perform proper PPE inspections
  • Conduct proper job planning and job site preparation, including any underground locates and requirements for the directional boring plan
  • Prepare emergency response plans

After successful completion of the HDD program at HEC, students will become HDD certified and will be placed on Tilson directional drilling crews working on critical fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) projects.

For Interested SkillBridge Applicants

Through the DoD SkillBridge program, the Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) Program is offered to participants who are interested in applying as they approach the end of their enlistment as they transition to civilian life and their next career.

As participating companies, Tilson and HEC accept interns year-round and offer on-site and remote opportunities. Interns often have the opportunity to continue as employees at the close of their internship.

Tilson is a veteran-led company actively employing veterans, including many still serving in the guard and reserve. We understand the needs of veterans transitioning to civilian careers and military spouses in the workplace. Tilson is proud to provide career opportunities, meaningful benefits, and support to veterans of the uniformed services, active military, members of the National Guard Bureau, Reserve Forces, and their spouses. Learn more about Tilson and SkillBridge.

For military and transitioning veterans interested in a SkillBridge internship.

For Interested Non-Military Applicants

The first step is to apply to a drill operator or drill locator position on Tilson’s open careers page. The interview process typically takes about 1 – 2 weeks. The program is offered to Tilson employees on a professional development level. Employees must be in good standing and will be nominated to the program by their supervisor. Individuals will be selected to attend the program on a rolling basis.

For non-military applicants interested in drill operator and locator positions.

Our recruiting team reviews job applications for each opening and will reach out to those who are a strong match with the position. If you are not selected to move forward in the interview process, your information will be stored in our candidate database, and you may be contacted for other opportunities within Tilson.

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