Heavy Equipment Operator - Transportation and Public Works

Overview

This 120 hour program focuses training on the Backhoe Loader and Motor Grader. These are the two pieces of heavy equipment most used by municipalities and transportation departments in conducting maintenance on existing transportation, utility, and public works infrastructure. Utilizing immersive simulators, this training allows the individual to learn how to perform a safety and maintenance walk-around of the equipment, gain understanding and confidence of the machine controls, and how to perform basic tasks properly and safely.

The use of state-of-the-art simulators and curriculum allows the individual to understand the capabilities and limitations of each piece of equipment without risk of damaging actual pieces of machinery as well as eliminating fuel consumption and reducing maintenance costs of actual heavy equipment. Additionally, the use of simulators allows actual equipment to stay working on the job site while individuals are training.

The Heavy Equipment Operator program is supported by:

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How to Enroll

To pursue this certificate, please click on the courses below to see availability. You can register for courses online, and you do not have to apply to the college!

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
CEUs Class Hours Course Title Cost
6.00 60

Level 1 Backhoe Loader

Using a state-of-the-art Caterpillar simulator, the student will initially learn to perform a safety walkaround of a backhoe. Students will then learn the fundamentals of operation, including maneuvering, driving, braking, backfilling, trenching, and lifting materials with a backhoe loader.

Classroom

ID: CEHEO-500

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No sections currently available. For information on Training classes, contact our Corporate and Continuing Education Department (CCE) at 803.732.0432 or cce@strangeracer.com.
$1,250.00
6.00 60

Level 1 Motor Grader

Using a state-of-the-art Caterpillar simulator, the student will initially learn to perform a safety walkaround of a motor grader. Students will then learn the fundamentals of driving, including straight frame operation, articulated turning, and crab steering. Students will also learn rough and finish grading, v-ditching, ripping , scarifying, and other activites that requires control over the placement of terrain.

Classroom

ID: CEHEO-501

View Available Courses
No sections currently available. For information on Training classes, contact our Corporate and Continuing Education Department (CCE) at 803.732.0432 or cce@strangeracer.com.
$1,250.00
 
Estimated Cost
Tuition Assistance
$2,500.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Heavy Equipment Operator

Operate and maintain motorized heavy equipment in the Transportation Division of Public Works. Operates various heavy equipment such as rollers, backhoe, bush hog, and dump truck in the field of paving, drainage, grading, construction, and maintenance of all County roads and parking lots.

Projected Job Growth

+3.9%

Average Annual Salary

$38,801
According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • Construction Companies
  • Utility Companies
  • Local and State Government

Careers

Motor Grader Operator

The primary function at the site of work is to construct, maintain, or repair highway, heavy civil, or building type structures; equipment operators are also expected to assist in other duties around the jobsite as needed.

Projected Job Growth

+8.1%

Average Annual Salary

$38,854
According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • Construction Companies
  • Local and State Government
  • Transportation Construction Companies

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