Heavy Equipment Operator
Students receive all training and perform all projects under the direct supervision of NCCER Craft Certified Instructors.
Classroom training includes the study of Basic Civil Engineering Concepts, Workplace Safety and Applied Math. Survey training includes discussion and practice of the proper use of Laser Levels, Transits, Chain and Rod, Plumb Bobs and Hand-Sight Levels. Approximately 4 hours per day are devoted to classroom instruction.
Field training makes up the other half of each day, (4 hours). Students receive instruction on the operation of backhoes, excavators, dozers, scrapers, graders and loaders including set-up and preventative maintenance. Applications may include those used in construction, mining, industrial and recycling situations. Following an introduction to the operation of each type of equipment, students will select one type of equipment to specialize in for the balance of the first four weeks.
Beginning with the second four weeks of training, students will receive additional instruction and experience on each type of heavy equipment before selecting a second type of equipment on which to specialize. By the conclusion of the 8-week course, students will have learned the basics of operating each type of equipment and will have specialized in the operation of two. Students will have the opportunity to receive a variety of NCCER certifications.
Students will also qualify to perform related duties, such as: Site-Preparation, Flagging, Grade-Checking and Surveying. Survey work will be a part of most projects throughout the training including Set-Up, Grade Checking, Cut & Fill as well as Preventative Equipment Maintenance.
Our current equipment list includes: 10 Backhoes, 10 Dozers, 4 Graders, 7 Excavators, 4 Loaders, 2 Scrapers, 1 Vibratory Compactor, 1 Utility Tractor, 1 Water Wagon, a total 0f 40 pieces of heavy equipment available for training. Field instruction is limited to 12 students per instructor. This ensures that each student receives personal attention and need not share equipment. Students should plan to devote full time to their training, as if it were a job, as there is much to learn.
Having a Class A Commercial Driver’s License will substantially increase your employability as a Heavy Equipment Operator as you will be able to drive a water truck, haul sand and gravel, or even transport your piece of equipment from one job site to the next. We also recommend the CETOPS course, (described below) to round out your preparation for the jobsite.
Specialty Extension Add-On Training (S.E.A.T)
4 Weeks/160 Hours
This course provides the graduate of the Heavy Equipment Operator course, additional hands-on machine time. Students perform a variety of excavation tasks on two additional types of equipment. All training time will be spent in the field, performing progressively more challenging tasks and projects that have direct application on the job site. Additional NCCER credentials may be earned during this course.
Coordinated Excavation Team Operations (C.E.T.O.P.S.) & HAZWOPER 120
4 Weeks/160 Hours
This course provides Heavy Equipment Operator graduates that lack prior professional experience on a construction site to complete their preparation for the workplace. Each student functions as part of an excavating team, putting their operating skills to use under realistic working conditions. Beginning with blueprints and an unprepared site, the team completes all project layout, grading, and excavation tasks required for a building project. Basic surveying skills, rough and finish grading, road building, utilities trenching, setting culverts, material handling, and digging foundations all come together in this project. Additional NCCER credentials may be earned during this course.
Included in this course is a 40 Hour Hazardous Materials curriculum that will enable each student to test for and receive their HAZWOPER 120 Certification, necessary in a number of different construction situations.