Heavy Equipment Operations

NCCER ContrenĀ® Learning Series Course

NWCOC’s Heavy Equipment Operations program is a series of training modules divided into 3 levels. Additional hands-on training is provided to meet State apprenticeship requirements for related/supplemental training. Curriculum is modular in format, competency-based and includes written and performance evaluations. Students who seek the full range of operator skills will begin with an orientation to the trade and safety, then move to identification of equipment, preventative maintenance, soil identification, and grade preparation. Students will receive extensive hands-on instruction in the safe operation of all the major kinds of heavy equipment.

Students who complete all four levels of this curriculum and obtain roughly 3 to 4 years of on-the-job experience will qualify as a journey-level heavy equipment operator anywhere in the nation.

The Operators program is authorized to train apprentices. Some course modules may be required and others may be offered as electives. Learn more about NWCOC’s Apprentice Heavy Equipment Operator program .

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