Heavy Equipment Operation Tech 1

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Program Description:

Heavy Equipment Construction Operation (HECO) will include basic construction safety, introduction to site and road layout, identification of heavy equipment, preventative maintenance and proper operation of heavy equipment. Basic operator skill development will be performed on excavation simulators. Additionally, students will learn basic skid steer, dozer, front end loader and excavator operation and can obtain a certificate for the 10-hour OSHA safety certificate. The student text book will be from the National Center for Construction Education and Research. Class and lab work will be supplemented with field trips to job sites, local mining (gravel) pits and dealerships.

Skills practiced:

  • Safety,
  • Construction,
  • Site safety,
  • Equipment operation,
  • Basic equipment maintenance,
  • Problem solving

Skills Students will acquire:

  • Site Construction
  • Safety
  • Blue Print reading
  • Site layout
  • Setting grades
  • Mining Safety
  • Excavation Operation Global Positioning System


  • 10-hour OSHA safety certificate

Activities in which students partake:

  • Field trips
  • Simulator
  • Excavator, dozer, front end loader operations
  • Site and roadwork layout

Entry level jobs:

  • Construction laborer,
  • Equipment operator

Post-Secondary options:

  • Northern Maine Community College Diesel Mechanics/Heavy equipment
  • Southern Maine Community College Heavy Equipment


To be eligible students will be required to take a drug test upon acceptance to the program in addtion to random drug testing which, may be performed while the student is enrolled in the program.



This course meets Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, and Fri.


This course is held at Westbrook Regional Vocational Center in room 434.