Heavy Equipment Operations Certificates

HCC now offers Heavy Equipment Operations certification

Job Outlook & Earnings

There is always construction somewhere, and Heavy Equipment Operators are needed to keep most projects going. Construction equipment operators drive, maneuver, or control the heavy machinery used to construct roads, bridges, buildings, and other structures. Employment of construction equipment operators is projected to grow 10% until 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Spending on infrastructure should generate many new jobs for construction equipment operators. Workers who can operate multiple types of equipment should have the best job opportunities. The average earnings in Maryland for 2015 were $22.67 per hour, or about $47,160 per year!

Is This Career Right for You?

Construction equipment operators operate equipment that clears and grades land to prepare it for construction of roads, bridges, and buildings, as well as airport runways, power generation facilities, dams, levees, and other structures. Construction equipment operators work in nearly every weather condition. Workers often get dirty, greasy, muddy, or dusty. Most work full time, and some operators may have irregular hours. Some construction projects, especially road building, are done at night.

Heavy Equipment Operations Certificates at HCC

Students will learn safety, identification, basic operational techniques. They will be taught the skills and knowledge required to understand the conditions and markings of the job site, and the responsibilities of the heavy equipment operator. They will also be taught how to calculate the areas, volumes, cut, and fill requirements for a job, along with interpreting roadway and construction site drawings.

Required classes:

  • Introduction to Heavy Equipment Operations
  • Heavy Equipment Operator – Site Work and Grading
  • Heavy Equipment Operator – Enhanced Site Work & Soils
  • Excavation Math & Interpreting Civil Drawings

Once Students have successfully completed the required classes, they will complete the certificate through one of the following pathways*:

  • Intro to Loaders and Skid Steers
  • Intro to Rough Terrain Fork Lifts
  • Intro to On-Road Dump Trucks
  • Intro to Off-Road Dump Trucks
  • Intro to Backhoes
  • Intro to Dozers
  • Intro to Excavators
  • Intro to Finishing and Grading Equipment and Methods
  • Intro to Compaction Equipment
  • Intro to Asphalt & Paving Equipment
  • Intro to Rigging

*Students can complete more than one pathway without retaking the required courses.

For more information, please contact:
JeanMarie Lewis, jmlewis@harford.edu

Employers: Harford Community College offers customized training to meet the needs of your business.

**We can design training for the specific needs of your organization at one of our facilities, or at your location. We are now also a partner with the Maryland WorkSmart program, utilizing the strengths of the Maryland Community College Network. Contact us about what your needs are, and we can develop a training program to support you!**

Any Course. Any Time. Any Location.

Occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, Construction Equipment Operators.

Contact Information

For more information, please call 443-412-2440 or email training@harford.edu

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