> Heavy Equipment Operator


The Heavy Equipment Operator Program offers hands-on training, preparing individuals to use machinery to move construction materials, earth, and other heavy materials at construction sites, mines, and sometimes your backyard. Construction equipment operators use equipment that clears and grades land to prepare it for construction of roads, buildings, and neighborhoods. They dig trenches to lay or repair sewer and other pipelines, and they hoist heavy construction materials. Construction equipment operators also operate machinery that applies asphalt and concrete to roads and other structures.

Operators control equipment by moving levers or foot pedals, operating switches, or turning dials. The operation of much of this equipment is becoming more complex as a result of computerized controls. Global Positioning System (GPS) technology also is being used to help with grading and leveling activities. In addition to controlling the equipment, construction equipment operators also transport, set up, and inspect the equipment, make adjustments, and perform some maintenance and minor repairs.

Heavy equipment operators may operate excavation and loading machines equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets that dig sand, gravel, earth, or similar materials and load it into trucks or onto conveyors. In addition to the familiar bulldozers, they operate trench excavators, road graders, and similar equipment. Sometimes they may drive and control industrial trucks or tractors equipped with forklifts or booms for lifting materials or with hitches for pulling trailers. They also may operate and maintain air compressors, pumps, and other power equipment at construction sites. Construction equipment operators who are classified as operating engineers are capable of operating several different types of construction equipment.

Quick Facts:


West Campus (Logan)

Estimated Tuition & Fees:

300 hrs: $1,245
600 hrs w/CDL: $3,990
900 hrs w/CDL and Cooperative Work Experience: $5,175
Tuition does not include retesting fees - this is an estimate. Course fees may vary.


Program length and tuition varies depending on certificate level desired. Students will attend 30 hrs/wk. See Specialization(s) section.

Estimated Monthly Payment:

Half down upfront with the remaining balance divided. Call (435) 753-6780 for payment plan options by specialization.

Pell Grant Eligible:


Estimated Books and Supplies:

$502 - Cost varies by specialization and/or electives chosen. Click here for books and supplies details (ISBN/edition).


See the current class schedule in the 'Downloads' section at the bottom of this page.

High School Students: Not available

Adult Students: M - F: 8 am to 2:30 pm

Courses begin approx. every 5 weeks.

Special Requirements:

Individuals must hold a current driver license and be at least 18 years old to register.

Outcome Data:

Reported Annually to the Accrediting Agency Council on Occupational Education
Completion: 95%
Job Placement: 74%
Licensure: 100%
Withdrawal: 5%

Outcome statistics are compiled annually based upon Training Outcome surveys conducted with students post-graduation. Data is gathered through coordination with the student, faculty, Student Services Office personnel, and licensing agencies.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Employment Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job demands as a construction equipment operator is expected to increase by 23 percent, which is faster than average jobs. As the population and business growth increase more and more jobs will be available. Bridges and roads need to be maintained and redone before they become unsafe. All these jobs require a construction equipment operator.

Online/E-learning Components

This specialization is delivered face-to-face and may contain online components.


Required hours

HEOC - Heavy Equipment Operator with CDL 600 hrs See Breakdown
HEOP - Heavy Equipment Operator 300 hrs See Breakdown
HEOA - Heavy Equipment Operator Advanced with CDL 900 hrs See Breakdown

What others are saying

"You couldn’t find better instructors! I have enjoyed these courses so much and am sad it’s over. I highly recommend it."


July 22, 2014