Heavy Equipment Operation

Heavy Equipment Operation (HEO) provides students with the opportunity to learn and practice operation skills on a variety of equipment used in various fields. Topics covered in this program 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 begin on excavation simulators and continue with the operation of machinery. Students will learn basic skid steer, dozer, front end loader and excavator operation. They can also obtain the 10-hour OSHA safety certificate. The student textbook 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.

A drug test will be required upon acceptance to the program. Random drug testing may be performed while the student is enrolled in the program.

Instructor: Kevin Henry



Professional Licenses /Certifications
10-hour OSHA safety certificate


Skills/Knowledge Acquired
Equipment operation
Basic equipment maintenance
Site layout and construction
Blue Print reading
Setting grades
Excavation Operation Global Positioning System
Problem solving


Course Activities
Field trips
Excavator, dozer, front end loader operations
Site and roadwork layout


Entry Level Career Opportunities
Construction laborer
Equipment operator


Career Opportunities (with further education)
Diesel Mechanic
Site Supervisor