Experiential Learning and Career Success

Experiential Learning
and Career Success

Heavy Equipment Operation

The mission of the Heavy Equipment Operation Program is to provide the regional workforce with credentialed, skilled and competent heavy equipment operators and to be responsive to emerging workforce needs. The Heavy Equipment Operation Program provides students a basic understanding of fundamental machine function and capabilities and is designed to develop apprentice-level skills in the safe operation of heavy equipment.

Students are trained to safely and properly operate and maintain a variety of heavy equipment, including crawler-tractors, scrapers, front-end loaders, excavators, backhoes, and dump trucks. Students develop an understanding of basic surveying techniques, receive extensive training in safety regulations and procedures, and learn techniques for safe, knowledgeable machine operation. The program also promotes an awareness of proper machine operation in a construction environment with emphasis on the ability to complete a task assigned verbally or from job plans and grade stakes on the site. The importance of understanding the work ethic expected by employers in the construction industry is also taught.

Sample Occupations

  • Construction Equipment Operator
  • Operating Engineer
  • Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operator
  • Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operator
  • Highway Maintenance Worker