Heavy Equipment Operations Certificates

Would You Enjoy A Career Like This?

Heavy equipment operators are needed on virtually every construction project. You would operate equipment that clears and grades land to prepare it for construction of roads, bridges, and buildings. Land needs to be cleared and prepared for all structures including airport runways, power generation facilities, dams, levees, .If you like working outside, driving big vehicles, and enjoy seeing the results of your day’s work, this is a career you should consider. 

Construction equipment operators need to be willing to get dirty, greasy, muddy, or dusty. You need to have some math skills, be able to read and follow plans, and be able to communicate well with your project leaders and coworkers. Advancing in this career might require learning to operate several different machines.

What This Career Could Mean For You

There is always construction somewhere, and Heavy Equipment Operators are needed to keep most projects going. Employment of construction equipment operators is projected to grow 12% until 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Spending on infrastructure should generate many new jobs for construction equipment operators. Workers who can operate multiple types of equipment should have the best job opportunities. The average earnings in Maryland can be up to about $57,000 per year!

Heavy Equipment Operations Certificates at HCC

Students will learn safety, identification, and basic operational techniques. They will be taught the skills and knowledge required to understand the conditions and markings of the job site, and the responsibilities of the heavy equipment operator. They will also be taught how to calculate the areas, volumes, cut, and fill requirements for a job, along with interpreting roadway and construction site drawings.

Required classes:

  • Introduction to Heavy Equipment Operations
  • Heavy Equipment Operator – Site Work and Grading
  • Heavy Equipment Operator – Enhanced Site Work & Soils
  • Excavation Math & Interpreting Civil Drawings

For more information, please contact:
Kelly Zajicek, kzajicek@harford.edu

Employers: Harford Community College offers customized training to meet the needs of your business.

**We can design training for the specific needs of your organization at one of our facilities, or at your location. We also offer training utilizing the strengths of the Maryland Community College Network. Even if HCC doesn't have an expert to meet your needs, we can still help with this statewide partnership. Contact us about what your needs are, and we can develop a training program to support you!**

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Occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Construction Equipment Operators.

Contact Information

For more information, please call 443-412-2440 or email training@harford.edu

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