Heavy Equipment Operations

  • Location: East Campus (Oley)
    Instructor:  Michael Rowe

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    CIP Code: 49.0202

  • Program Entrance Recommendations:

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

    Career Pathways

    • Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
    • Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
    • Highway Maintenance Workers
  • Industry Certifications:

    OSHA 10-Hour
    OSHA Forklift Certification (National Safety Council)
    Penn-Dot Flagger Certification


  • 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 laser levels, 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 with 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.