Heavy Construction Equipment Technology: Operator Emphasis
Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

Students develop the knowledge and skills needed to:
  • safely operate selected heavy construction equipment
  • use specialized equipment for site layout
  • perform preventative maintenance
  • recognize efficient machine operation
  • estimate project cost
  • manage job sites

Electives courses include Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Preparation, Forklifts and Aerial Work Platforms, Quarry Operation, Welding, or business management and marketing courses.

Students can complete 2 associate's degree programs in 3 years by enrolling in the dual degree option.

Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for employment in the natural gas industry. Read more...

Program Specs

Open House

Open House

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Digging in the dirt
Driving to the work-site
Backhoe digging a trench

About the curriculum


View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.

After graduation

List of jobs via the College Catalog.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators was $42,540 in May 2013. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $27,580.The top 10 percent earned more than $73,890.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other Specialty Trade Contractors78,050$22.12$46,000
Local Government (OES Designation)49,560$20.01$41,630
Utility System Construction44,880$24.14$50,210
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction41,410$25.37$52,760
Nonresidential Building Construction14,010$24.50$50,960

Statistics reported in May 2013

Tools, Uniforms & Supplies


You are expected to purchase your own tools which can be purchased at the College Store or through a dealer such as Sears or Snap-on. The advantage to purchasing your own tools is that the tools are yours to use during your time as a student and later as an employee. Larger specialty tools such as those used in diagnostics and testing are purchased by the College or donated by the Caterpillar dealer program for use by all students enrolled in the program.

Required Tools

Uniform (required for all labs)

  • Coveralls
  • Leather work shoes or boots
  • Yellow hard hat
  • Safety glasses

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

Clubs & Activities

Service and Operation of Heavy Equipment Association (S&O)

View the entire student organizations listing or Greek Life listing.

Heavy Construction Equipment Operator Emphasis Advisory Committee

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Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

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