Congratulations, you are about to venture down the highway of the largest industry in the U.S.: CONSTRUCTION. You are looking at one of the highest-paying careers in the construction industry, Heavy Equipment and Site Construction Technician. Being a heavy equipment and site construction tech opens many doors to advancement and where you take this career is almost unlimited.
Warren County Career Center’s NCCER Certified Heavy Equipment and Site Construction Technician program offers two options. Both follow the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum, the only Nationally Recognized Certificate in the industry.
Heavy Equipment and Site Construction Technician:
The U.S. Department of Labor (2012) reports that there were over 400,000 construction equipment operators in the U.S. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of construction equipment operators is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, 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.”
Graduates of the Heavy Equipment and Site Construction program earn credentials from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). These credentials demonstrate that the student has the core knowledge and abilities to work as a heavy equipment operator in the vast construction industry. In the 600-hour program, students learn the terminology, types, and uses of equipment; safe work practices; civil blueprint reading; basic operational techniques; grades and grade-checking equipment; excavation math; site work; soils and soil compaction; advanced operational techniques; finishing and grading, and more. Students practice their skills on heavy equipment including a skid steer, backhoe, excavator, loader, dozer, grader and scraper. Students also complete a 120-hour externship with a local contractor.
Course Start Dates (600 hrs):
$60 Application Fee
Tuition: $9,700 (Includes: books, boots, hardhat, safety vests & outside gear)
Monday thru Friday 9:30am-6:00pm
600-Hour Admission Requirements:
- High School Diploma or GED
- Must be 18 years of age by program graduation date
- Complete the WorkKeys Assessment
- Enjoy outdoor work
- Basic computer skills
- Attend Program Orientation with program coordinator
See the How to Enroll in a Full Time Program page on the Adult Education website
• Total Program Hours: 600
• Theory Hours: 240
• Lab Hours: 360
600-Hour Program Certifications
• NCCER Core Curriculum and Heavy Equipment
Operations Levels 1, 2 & 3 Certifications
• WCCC Certificate of Program Completion
• OSHA 10-hour
• CPR/First Aid
Heavy Equipment and Site Construction and CDL-A:
An 820-hour program includes instruction and certification for a CDL-A Commercial Driver's License and training with drop-deck trailer and HazMat.
According to industry experts, there is a shortage of equipment operators with a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The Heavy Equipment Operations plus CDL-A program prepares students to take the State CDL tests. These additional credentials provide students with greater employment opportunities.
In addition to the credentials earned in the Heavy Equipment and Site Construction program, graduates also earn a Class-A Commercial Truck Driver license. The Warren County Career Center offers the CDL-A training in partnership with one of WCCC's partner schools. Course Start Dates (820hrs):$60 Application Fee
Tuition: $14,789 (Includes: books, boots, hardhat, safety vests, outside gear & CDL License Fee
Monday thru Friday 9:30am-6:00pm 820-Hour Admission Requirements
Must be 18 years of age by program graduation date
High School diploma or GED
Complete WorkKeys Assessments
Enjoy outdoor work
Basic computer skills
Attend Program Orientation with program coordinator
Be at least 21 years old (18 for an intrastate Ohio license)
Pass a DOT physical exam and drug screen
Obtain a CDL permit & pass required testing
Have a valid Ohio driver’s license and a good driving record
See the How to Enroll in a Full Time Program
page on the Adult Education website. Curriculum:
• Total Program Hours: 820
• Theory Hours: 240
• Lab Hours: 580 820-Hour Program Certifications
NCCER Core Curriculum and Heavy Equipment Operations Levels 1, 2 & 3
WCCC Certificate of Program Completion
OSHA 10-hour and CPR/First Aid Certifications
CDL-A Commercial Truck Driver’s License
COLLEGE CREDIT AVAILABLE
See the Program Coordinator for details.
Please contact our Financial Aid Coordinator at 513-933-3944 about financial aid options.
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For more information on the programs, contact Program Coordinator John Sullivan at 513.933.3940 or John.Sullivan@mywccc.org.