The Heavy Equipment Operation Program is designed with NCCER (National Center for Construction Education & Research) standards nationally recognized by employers in the construction, earthmoving, and excavation Industries. Students will learn to operate heavy equipment through in-the-seat operation of several types of heavy equipment and through classroom instruction that includes simulators.
Applicants must complete a Southern Tech Application for Admission. Additional information and applications are available at the Southern Tech campus and online at www.sotech.edu. Enrollment for this career major is open to partnering High Schools (juniors/seniors) and Adults.
High School Student: Free. Adult Student (in-district): $2.50 per hour; Adult Student (Out-of-District): $5 per hour; and Adult Student (Out-of-State): $7.50 per hour. Additional costs may include books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Financial aid and scholarships are available for qualifying students.
|Heavy Equipment Operation|
|NCCER HEO Level 1||380|
|NCCER HEO Level 2||240|
|NCCER HEO Level 3||240|
|Estimated time to complete (Full Time)||1 year|
|Estimated time to complete (Half Time)||2 years|
Targeted Certifications and/or Credentials
► NCCER Construction Core
► Heavy Equipment Operator
► National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC): WorkKeys
Certifications may vary by Program and are subject to change without notice.
Adults (Half Time) 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM; Adults (Full Time) 8:00-11:00 AM and 12:45-3:45 PM; High School Students 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM
The following list is associated with the approved SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) for this program and does not necessarily represent immediate opportunities; additional training may be required for some options listed.
Back Hoe Operator, Engineering Equipment Operator, Equipment Operator, Heavy Equipment Operator, Loader Operator, Machine Operator, Motor Grader Operator, Operating Engineer, Operator, Track Hoe Operator. – Approximate Pay Potential: $13-38/Hour. (source: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/47-2073.00):
Heavy Equipment Operation Instructor