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2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Heavy Equipment Operator Technology

Heavy Equipment Operator Technician

Program Description

The Heavy Equipment Operator Technology program is designed to prepare students to be skilled. technicians who operate large equipment for the construction of roads, land leveling, pipe laying, and other operations requiring the movement of large volumes of materials.  Students will be taught skills to operate earth-moving equipment in a safe and efficient manner using technical drawings and field markers. Students will also earn a Class B COL license. This program will utilize the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum and assessments that provide nationally recognized and portable credentials.

Student Learning Outcomes

Heavy Equipment Operator Technicians are prepared to:

  • Practice safe work habits
  • Exhibit personal and professional standards accepted in the Heavy Equipment industry
  • Demonstrate Heavy Equipment Operation in the areas of field safety, site layout, and heavy equipment operations.

Career Opportunities

There are 14 occupations directly related to operating heavy equipment: paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators; pile-driver operators; operating engineers and other construction equipment operators; pipe layers; highway maintenance workers; segmental pavers; heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers; conveyor operators and tenders; crane and tower operators; dredge operators; excavating and loading machine and dragline operators; loading machine operators, underground mining hoist and winch operators; and industrial and tractor operators.

Typical Program of Study

To assist the student in determining the sequence of courses they must take to complete their educational goal, a program of study is provided.