This course of instruction prepares individuals for careers as a heavy equipment operator (HEO) by providing them with a comprehensive training program composed of not only lectures but also hands-on operating experience. This program provides the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to obtain employment in the excavation industry as a utility tractor operator and grade operator based on NCCER certification requirements and OSHA regulations.
This externship provides each student firsthand knowledge of the Heavy Equipment “world”. After completion of this externship, the student will have the knowledge and ability to go out and seek to be gainfully employed as a Heavy Equipment Operator.
Students will attend class Monday through Friday from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M for approximately five (5) weeks. A ten-minute break will be taken every hour, and lunch will be from 12:50 P.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Extra/Make-up work will be performed Monday-Friday from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M and on Saturday – Sunday from 7:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
If an observed holiday falls on a school day or the school closes for an unforeseen circumstance, we will accommodate the day(s) by extending the last day of class to compensate the missed hours. Student Orientation is optional, and it will be held in our school on the Saturday prior to the first day of class (Monday) from 10 A. M. – 11 A. M. If an observed holiday falls on that day, Student Orientation will be held the Saturday before the initially scheduled day. If the school is closed due to an unforeseen circumstance, Student Orientation will be cancelled. The presentation will include school policies (satisfactory progress, attendance, materials and supplies, the grievance procedure) and an overview of the schedule as well as job opportunities.
Individuals applying for this course are required to:
Note: Some employers will require that all applicants must pass a drug test contingent to employment offer.
Heavy Equipment Operator I (With Externship)
|Subject #||Subject Title||Lec||Lab||Ext||Total||Credit Hours|
|HEO 101||Heavy Equipment Operator I||165||085||000||250||13.5|
|HEO 110||Heavy Equipment Operator I Externship||000||000||800||800||17.5|
|Total Hours for Program Completion||165||085||800||1050||31.0|
**One academic semester credit hour is equal to a minimum course time of 15 hours of classroom lecture, 30 hours of laboratory experience, or 45 hours externship.
**Single subjects making up this program may be taken individually at a cost of $36.50 per course time hour. Entrance requirements for each single subject will need demonstration of skills or completion of the prerequisite subject.
The approximate time required to complete this program is five (5) weeks. Student Orientation is optional and takes place the Saturday before class starts (Monday) from 10:00am – 11:00am.
Upon successful completion of the program, the student will receive a certificate of completion in Heavy Equipment Operator Level I and II and NCCER credentialing based on completion of lab hours.