16 Week Certificate
The program is comprehensive, industry developed, and locally recognized by employers in the construction, earth moving, and excavation industries. TMCC’s HEO students are taught to operate heavy equipment through in-the-seat operation of many types of heavy equipment and through classroom instruction, which includes simulation learning on our state-of-the-art simulators.
TMCC’s heavy equipment training program is designed to give a person the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to operate equipment such as bulldozers, backhoe/loaders, scrapers, and motor graders. In addition to operating heavy equipment, students will learn grade reading, laser levels, soils, safety, site layouts, and heavy equipment maintenance. Our completers become certified in OSHA 10, Hydrogen Sulfide Gas Safety, MSHA, as well as ND Flagger Training. They also participate in a Job Readiness course, which is designed to prepare students to get, keep and excel at a new job.
Skills and Knowledge
Construction equipment operators typically do the following:
- Clean and maintain equipment, making basic repairs as necessary
- Report malfunctioning equipment to supervisors
- Move levers, push pedals, or turn valves to control equipment
- Drive and maneuver equipment
- Coordinate machine actions with crew members using hand or audio signals
- Ensure that safety standards are met
Construction equipment operators use machinery to move construction materials, earth, and other heavy materials at construction sites and mines. They operate equipment that clears and grades land to prepare it for the construction of roads, bridges, and buildings, as well as runways, power generation facilities, dams, levees, and other structures.
The curriculum aligns with level 1-3- Heavy Equipment Operator professional from NCCER course materials.
Employment of construction equipment operators is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Spending on infrastructure is expected to increase, resulting in many new positions over the next ten years. Workers who can operate multiple types of equipment should have the best job opportunities.
There are no special requirements for admission into these programs. Please refer to the TMCC Admission section for future students.
HEO 105 Core Curriculum (2)
HEO 110 Heavy Equipment Level I (2)
HEO 115 Heavy Equipment Level II (3)
HEO 120 Heavy Equipment Level III (3)
HEO 125 Heavy Equipment Operation Lab (4)
HEO 177 Job Readiness (1)
SAFT 104 Work Zone Safety (ND Flagger Training & MSHA) (2)
SAFT 108 H2S Gas (1)
SAFT 110 OSHA 10-Hour (1)
Total Required Credits – 19