Industrial Technology Department

Heavy Equipment Operation
Certificate of Applied Science

Students in the Heavy Equipment Operation program are trained to safely and properly operate and maintain a variety of heavy equipment. They learn to operate equipment including crawler-tractors, graders, 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 how to handle controls precisely and judge distances accurately. Instruction occurs at the West campus, 3639 South Avenue West.

The program often has a waiting list for admittance. Interested persons are encouraged to apply one year prior to anticipated school attendance.

Most employers require heavy equipment operators to have a Commercial Driver's License. The ability to acquire a license is often subject to age and insurance requirements. Students may opt to take TRK 106T to gain the skills necessary to take the Commercial Driver's License examination. This course has an additional fee. Students may enter in the autumn semester only.

Length of Program: 2 Semesters
Award Upon Graduation: Certificate of Applied Science
Entry Times: Fall Semester


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