Heavy Equipment Operations: Level 1 Training Program
What are the responsibilities of a Heavy Equipment Operator?
Heavy equipment operators are responsible for working on construction infrastructure projects (roads, bridges, and ports), land development, and most importantly; safely operating heavy equipment.
A trained and experienced heavy equipment operator possesses necessary skills for any project that requires moving heavy materials (i.e. earthmoving). In this program students will learn to safely operate each major piece of heavy equipment such as: bulldozers, hydraulic excavators, front end loaders and articulated trucks.
Students will also learn about the following topics such as heavy equipment safety, civil blueprint reading, grading soils and paving processes.
How is this program unique?
This accelerated intensive training program will consist of a variety of learning activities to appeal to each learning style.
Students will gain knowledge through lecture and classroom activities taught from the NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) curriculum.
Students will begin their practical, hands-on training through extensive simulation on state of the art CAT Simulators.
Site tours will be taken throughout the program so students can see real-world application of what they are learning.
Students will have an abundance of actual seat time on a variety of heavy equipment.
Funding Assistance may also be available to those who qualify.
Can I balance working and starting a program in Heavy Equipment Operations?
Our program is a good fit for students whom have a desire to begin a career in heavy equipment operations, but need a program that allows some flexibility.
The program meets four days a week (Monday through Thursday) over a period of nine weeks.
Will I receive assistance finding a position after program completion?
Valencia has staff and community partners that will assist you in your job placement after program completion.
We work diligently to create and maintain relationships with the major players in the construction industry.
This nine-week course will cover the following topics:
NCCER CORE CURRICULUM MODULES INCLUDE:
Module 1: Basic Safety
Module 2: Construction Math
Module 3: Hand Tools
Module 4: Power Tools
Module 5: Construction Drawings
Module 6: Basic Communication
Module 7: Employability Skills
Module 8: Material Handling
Module 9: Basic Rigging
HEAVY EQUIPMENT LEVEL ONE MODULES INCLUDE:
Module 1: Orientation to the Trade
Module 2: Heavy Equipment Safety
Module 3: Identification of Heavy Equipment
Module 4: Basic Operational Techniques
Module 5: Utility Tractors
Module 6: Introduction to Earth Moving
Module 7: Grades
ADDITIONAL MODULES INCLUDE:
Heavy Equipment Simulation
Temporary Traffic Control Advanced
What is the job outlook for Heavy Equipment Operators?
The demand for this type of skilled worker continues to grow with over 9 billion dollars of construction projects already underway in the Central Florida area over the next few years. The future workforce needs are great (1.5 million workers) with great promotion potential. The career opportunities are diverse and the potential to work in a high wage position exists. The average wages for entry-level HEO positions are $14 to $18 per hour. Mid-range salary in Florida is an average of $56k annually.
Must be currently drug free
Must be willing to work outside in the Florida weather
Be able to carry objects of 50 pounds or less routinely
Industry is background tolerant
Upon completion, participants will have the opportunity to earn the following industry credentials once they have successfully passed the certification exams:
NCCER Core Curriculum
NCCER Equipment Operator Level I (165 CEUs)
OSHA 10 (online)
Temporary Traffic Control Advanced
May be eligible for college credits towards an Associate of Science Degree in Building Construction Technology
324 contact hours