Heavy Equipment Operations Technician
The objective of the Heavy Equipment Operations Technician program is to provide quality educational training designed to meet the current and future needs of the heavy equipment operations industry. To accomplish this, the following guidelines are established: assist student to choose, prepare for, enter, and be gainfully employed in the heavy equipment field; offer a program which emphasizes sound fundamentals while responding to the needs of this particular industry; and provides courses to meet current and specific needs of the student and this industry .
The Heavy Equipment Operations Technician program provides students with the technical knowledge and skills for employment as an operator in the Heavy Equipment industry. Instruction includes a combination of classroom theory and practical experience. Students will be instructed in digging, ditching, sloping, stripping, grading, backfilling, clearing excavating, equipment maintenance and safety.
The content includes but is not limited to, communication skills, leadership skills, human relations and employability skills, safe and efficient work practices, and skills to operate and maintain a variety of heavy equipment. The program content also includes:
- Heavy Equipment Maintenance
- Operator Training for Bulldozer, Wheel Loader, Backhoe Loader, Motor Grader, Excavator, and Skid Steer
- Preparation for Forklift Operator Certification
- Preparation for NCCER Certifications
- 10 Hour OSHA Training Certification
- Employability Skills and Safety
Length of Program
The Heavy Equipment Operations Technician program consists of 1200 hours. However, the school is currently offering Occupational Completion Points A (Heavy Equipment Maintenance) and B (Tractor Operator) and C (Off-road). The average length of this program is 600 (approximately 6 months) hours for full-time students.
- Adult students must be at least 18 years old and not enrolled in high school.
- Interview by guidance counselor
- Must pass DOT Drug Test
- Fees for supplies and textbooks are required
Classes begin approximately every 13 weeks. Please call (305) 557-1100 to obtain information on starting dates. For information call and speak to a counselor.
- Completion of all Occupational Completion Points (OCP’s)
- Satisfy Minimum Basic Skills Requirements
Mathematics 8 Language 8 Reading 8
- No financial obligations
- Students must complete the Clearance packet to receive program certificate.
- In-state residents—$2.56 per hour (Subject to change)
- Out of state resident—$10.25 per hour (Subject to change)
- $15.00 application fee
- Material fee—Varies by program
- Identification Card fee—$5.00 per trimester
- Students must purchase books/kits and/or uniforms, if applicable
Approximate Total Cost
- Heavy Equipment Operators usually have a high school diploma or equivalent.
- Employers prefer that Heavy Equipment Operators complete a program at a professional technical college.
- Some heavy equipment, such as cranes, loaders and bulldozers, require a license or certification to operate.
- Many employers require heavy equipment operators to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) so that they can drive the truck and trailer that transport the equipment to and from the job site
According to the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statics the median pay for a Heavy Equipment Operator was $46,990 per year or $22.59 per hour. Visit: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Employment of Construction Equipment Operators is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026.