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HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATIONS

TRANSPORTATION

Operate heavy equipment including graders, tractors, backhoes, front-end loaders, dump trucks, and trash trucks, under supervision, in a safe and effective manner.

Career Details

Skills

Students in Heavy Equipment Operations are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Operating power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, or front-end loaders, in order to excavate, move and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard surface pavement
  • Coordinating machine actions with crew members in response to hand or audio signals
  • Cleaning, maintaining and making basic repairs to equipment

Career Options

Most Heavy Equipment Operations Job Corps graduates go to work for construction companies or contractors.

Requirements

Before entering the program, students must:

  • Comply with state requirements that may involve a criminal background check and completion of a training program meeting federal content requirements.
  • Complete six months’ full-time work experience in addition to training.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Register with the state regulatory authority.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Be at least 18 or 21 years old. (varies by state)
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have a clean criminal record. (varies by state)
  • Provide two references (e.g., career technical training instructor and work-based learning supervisor).
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Credentials

As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a program in the Transportation training area can earn nationally recognized credentials and/or state licensure. Credentials such as these show that students have the skills and knowledge to work in transportation, logistics, and customer service.

Heavy Equipment Operations Numbers to Know

$39K

National average earning potential for this career

18+

Months to complete career training program

Expectations

While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:


Attention to detail
Commitment to safety
Critical thinking
Integrity
Attention to detail
Cooperation
Dependability
Integrity
Problem-solving skills
Attention to detail
Cooperation
Dependability
Independence
Integrity
Problem-solving skills
Attention to detail
Cooperation
Dependability
Integrity
Persistence
Problem-solving skills
Attention to detail
Concern for others
Cooperation
Dependability
Integrity
Attention to detail
Concern for others
Dependability
Following directions
Integrity
Stress tolerance
Attention to detail
Concern for others
Dependability
Integrity
Stress tolerance
Communication skills
Honesty
Organizational skills
Persistence
Physical strength
Quick decision-making skills
Attention to detail
Concern for others
Dependability
Integrity
Professionalism
Teamwork
Attention to detail
Commitment to safety
Concern for others
Cooperation