Heavy Equipment Operation

Designed for individuals looking for a steady and rewarding career as one of America’s highly respected and
well paid heavy equipment operators in the Construction industry, our new Heavy Equipment Construction
Operation (HECO) program, which comes on line in School Year 2020-2021, emphasizes preventative
maintenance and proper operation of heavy equipment.
In both HECO I and II, class work is based on the National Center for Construction Education and Research
handbook. Class and lab work will be supplemented with field trips to job sites, local gravel pits, heavy
equipment dealerships, and skills development work on a lab-based simulator. All instruction will focus on
critical elements of Site Construction, Gravel Pit/Mining Safety, Blueprint Reading, Site and Road Layout,
Setting Grades, Laser Levels, Soils, Safety, and Heavy Equipment Maintenance.
In both HECO I and II, juniors and seniors learn skid steer, excavator, loader, and dump truck operation and
maintenance skills and will have the opportunity to pursue an ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness
Certificate (NCRC) at the Silver level. The ACT WorkKeys NCRC helps employers hire and retain a
high-performance workforce. Some colleges and universities also award credit for the NCRC.

Career opportunities for those with a background in
Heavy Equipment Operation include:
● Loader Operator
● Dozer Operator
● Excavator Operator
● Grader Operator
● Construction Heavy Equipment Operator
● Heavy Fire Equipment Operator
● Farm Equipment Operator
● Forest Road Construction Equipment
● Mechanized Forest Equipment Operator
● Heavy Equipment Repair Technician and

Students who participate in our program can prepare
for post-secondary education and training to earn
occupational certificates in the following disciplines:
● Heavy Equipment Operations
● Mobile Crane Operations
● Lattice Boom/Crawler Crane Operations
● Heavy Equipment Maintenance and Repair
● Construction Management
● Mechanized Logging Equipment Operation