Mark Hicks Enhances Heavy Equipment Training for MES Employees

Mark Hicks was hired as a Maintenance Mechanic II in January of 2013 by the MES Environmental Monitoring Division to help support work efforts with the Maryland Aviation Administration, primarily at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. With over 30 years of experience as a heavy equipment operator, Mark came to MES with an extensive background in safety and numerous equipment training certifications. He’s put that experience to work by improving safety awareness and equipment knowledge for heavy equipment operators throughout MES.


Mark’s typical equipment training class includes:

  • course set-up for hands-on operation,
  • a thorough safety review,
  • weight, height, lift capacity,
  • exterior and interior pre-operations checks,
  • situational awareness,
  • and proper maintenance documentation.

The training is designed with the equipment operator in mind. However, several sites have also found it beneficial to include mechanics, inspectors and other site personnel who routinely operate or service the equipment. Reflecting on one of the recent training events, Cliff Williams, Environmental Dredging Technician commented, “Mr. Hicks has a well developed program, valuable insights, real-world experience and a good rapport with the operators.”

Training began at Masonville Cove in early April of 2014, followed by Poplar Island in mid-April, Hart-Miller Island in May and finally, Cox Creek in June. Additional basic trainings are being discussed for Hawkins Point and Dundalk Marine Terminal in the near future. Advanced training classes and refresher training classes are also being developed for 2015. For more information, contact Jason Gillespie, 410-729-8363.