Heavy Equipment Operator

Prepare for an entry-level credential and career as a heavy equipment operator. 

This is a G3 program. Students may qualify for free tuition, fees, and books.  

Front End Loader on Tractor

Program

Workforce Training Program

Required Courses

  • Introduction to Construction
  • Heavy Equipment Operator - Level 1
  • Heavy Equipment Operator - Level 2

Admissions Requirements

  • All skilled trades students are strongly encouraged to complete Learner Support for Skilled Trades prior to your first class. This brief course is free and helps prepare
    you for success in skilled trades courses.
  • Attend a coaching appointment and/or information session prior to enrollment.
  • Complete a CASAS assessment, scheduled by appointment at TJACE.
  • Complete all funding assistance paperwork (if applicable) prior to enrollment.

Program Information

Introduction to Construction
Begin your career in the skilled trades with a strong foundation! Previously known as “core craft skills,” this entry-level course is the recommended first course for all trades students and a prerequisite to most specialty courses. Topics include basic safety, construction math, introduction to hand and power tools, construction drawings, basic rigging, communication skills, employability skills and material handling. Upon completion, students are eligible to sit for the Introduction to Construction credential exam offered by the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER).

Contact Hours: 40


Heavy Equipment Operator - Level 1
The Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) program meets the growing demands for equipment operators. Topics include identification of heavy equipment, safe operations, basic operations, earth moving and grading, and counter-balance forklifts. Learn proper skills with simulators and equipment in the field. Upon successful completion of this course, students are eligible to sit for the Heavy Equipment Operator - Level 1 credential exam offered by the National Center for Constructions Education & Research (NCCER).

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Introduction to Construction.

Contact Hours: 88


Heavy Equipment Operator - Level 2
Continue to expand your knowledge and skill with advanced HEO training! Topics include rough terrain forklifts, dump trucks, interpreting civil drawings, excavation math, sitework and soils, skid steers, loaders and scrapers. Learn proper skills with simulators and equipment in the field. Upon successful completion of this course, students are eligible to sit for the Heavy Equipment Operator – Level 2 credential exam offered by the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER).

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Introduction to Construction and Heavy Equipment Operator - Level 1.

Contact Hours: 88