Heavy Equipment Operation Technology

The Heavy Equipment Operation course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of operation and maintenance of various types of heavy equipment. Included in the course of study is an introduction to the job opportunities available to heavy equipment operators. Students will be instructed in the proper use of equipment, basic maintenance of the machines, and will receive extensive field practice in earth moving, site-preparation, construction site layout, excavation and back filling of building sites. In addition they we learn to use a transit and hand levels, oxyacetylene and other welding equipment, blueprint reading, and they will become familiar with OSHA rules. Heavy Equipment Operators are employed in a variety of occupations including the construction industry, road construction, and mining.

The Heavy Equipment Program has four text books that are covered in three years, 90% of the work is done as homework. Online research of equipment costs and hours are done outside of school.

National Center for Construction Education and Research

These (NCCER) certifications are recognized across the United States. There are numerous certifications with the key ones being:

  • Safety
  • Dump Trucks
  • Loaders
  • Graders
  • Backhoes
  • Excavators
  • Bulldozers

Student Cost: $75.00