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Heavy Equipment Operations

TRANSPORTATION

Description

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

Career Options

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

Requirements

Before entering the program, students must:

  • 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.

Expectations

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

  • Attention to detail
  • Commitment to safety
  • Concern for others
  • Cooperation

Heavy Equipment Operations Numbers to Know

$39K

National average earning potential for this career

8-12

Months needed to complete career training

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