Heavy Equipment Operations

  • Instructor TBD | East Campus | CIP Code 49.0202

    The Heavy Equipment Operations Program is designed to provide students with the theory and hands-on skills relevant to the fundamentals of operation and preventive maintenence of various types of heavy equipment. Specialized classroom and lab experiences are designed to provide instruction in operation and preventive maintence of mobile machinery used by heavy equipment operators.

    Included in the course of study is an introduction to the diverse job opportunities available to heavy equipment operators. Instruction begins with job site safety, blueprint reading, equipment rigging, and other fundamentals before advancing to activities like building a pad, backfilling a trench, and slot dozing.

    Students will be instructed in the proper use of equipment, basic maintenance of the machines, and will receive extensive field practice in earth moving, site-preparation, construction site layout, excavation, and backfilling of building sites. In addition, students will learn to use a transit and hand levels, oxyacetylne and other welding equipment, blueprint reading, and will become familiar with OSHA rules. Heavy Equipment Operators are employed in a variety of occupations in the construction industry, road construction, and mining.

    Exercises on virtual equipment simulators are followed by plenty of practice iwth the real thing on an exquisite outdoor training course. Students gain real-world experience by applying the knowledge learned at an off-campus quarry site, supervised by their instructor.

    Career Pathways:

    Agricultural Equipment Operator
    Construction Equipment Operator
    Logging Equipment Operator
    Highway Maintenance Works
    Rail Track Laying & Maintenance
    Equipment Operators
    Earth Drillers


    Construction Foreman/Manager
    Mobile Equipment Technician
    Surveying Technician
    Civil Engineer/Technician

    *Requires post-secondary training.

Heavy Equipment Operations
  • Industry Certifications:

    Section 609 Certificate for Refrigerant Recycling & Recovery
    Outdoor Power Equipment Technician Certificate
    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification
    Certified Safety Inspector – Cat I
    Certified Safety Inspector – Cat III;
    A student may take the Certfied Safety Inspector Cat I &/or Cat III test; however, PennDot holds the certificate until the student is 18 years old; CDL License (at reduced student cost; student must be 18 years old to take the CDL class)

    College Advanced Credits:

    A statewide articulation agreement known as SOAR allows students to earn college credit for their work in the Heavy Equipment Operations & Preventive Maintence Program

    Program Requirements/Costs

    There are specific costs for textbooks, tools, supplies, uniforms, certifications; and for some programs, medical and criminal clearances that students are obligated to pay upon acceptance. These costs change annually.

    Program Entrance Recommendations:

    ο Reading at grade level
    o Algebra I or Geometry
    o Problem-solving/ troubleshooting skills
    o Ability to work independently and in a team
    o Hand-eye coordination
    o Mechanical aptitude