Job Corps

Heavy Equipment Operations



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


Students in 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 graduates go to work for construction companies or contractors. Heavy equipment operators work in almost every climate and weather condition. Some operators work in factories, mines, or remote locations, as on such large construction projects as highways and dams. Most heavy equipment operators work full time.


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.


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.


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
  • Dependability
  • Integrity

Heavy Equipment Operations Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months needed to complete career training

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