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Heavy Equipment Operations

Heavy Equipment Operations

If you drive heavy equipment, you shape the world. No joke. Think about it. Bulldozers, backhoes, skid steers — when those big boys roll out, it’s to move a lot of earth or materials to reshape a landscape or construction site. And to drive one well takes a lot of skill. That’s where we come in. 

In just 11 months in our Heavy Equipment Operations program, we’ll show you how to safely and confidently get behind the controls of a wide range of heavy equipment. Where? On our 125-acre operation training site, of course!

You’ll learn hands-on how to move, mold, and distribute soil using a diverse line of up-to-date equipment including dozers, scrapers, wheel loaders, backhoes, excavators, graders, and skid steers. 

And when we talk about safety, we mean it. The curriculum includes first aid, CPR, and OSHA 10-Hour certifications so that you can work safely on any site. You’ll also be prepared to earn a Class A Commercial Driver’s License before graduation.

The program begins every June and can be combined with paid internships to provide potential for career advancement. In the last several years, graduates of our Heavy Equipment Operations program have been in very high demand.

Program Facts

54 K
ANNUAL MEAN SALARY
FROM 2019
95 %
JOB PLACEMENT RATE
SINCE 1995
NCCER
ACCREDITATION

Truly hands-on education

We believe time-on-task has to be part of your education. That means time spent learning from experienced instructors in real-world environments and real-world situations. That’s why the State Tech campus is home to more than 50 labs, an automotive bay, aviation hangar, and 40+ acres of land dedicated to our heavy equipment operations program.

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