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Heavy Equipment Operator

The Heavy Equipment Operator Academy is a 10-week training program that prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and certificates that the State DOT, highway construction companies, bridge construction companies, and private contractors across the country require for entry-level jobs. Heavy equipment operators run heavy machinery, install underground piping, develop land for construction, and repair America’s roadways and bridges. These careers are for highly skilled employees who enjoy being outdoors and like working in a team environment where safety is the number one priority.
Students can enroll in the entire HEO Academy (the Basic course) or they can enroll in the equipment training only (the Advanced course).

The Basic course includes CDL Class “A” license training. The required DMV exam to earn the CDL is given onsite. For the Basic course, students must purchase safety boots, and pay for a DOT physical and a CDL permit, in addition to the registration fees.

The Advanced course is training for heavy equipment operation only. It does not include the CDL training. In addition to registration fees, advanced students must purchase safety boots.

Students should register for both Basic and Advanced, or Advanced only. Students cannot register for Basic only.

This Academy is offered four times a year. There are two fall classes--the first starts in July and the second in October. The spring class begins in January. The summer class begins in April.

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