Heavy Equipment Operations

Start Date(s)

March, 2024


The MVCTC Heavy Equipment Operations adult education program prepares students with technical knowledge and skills to operate and maintain various types of heavy equipment. 

Students will learn to operate power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, shovels, tractors, or front-end loaders to excavate, move, and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard surface pavement. In addition, students learn to repair and maintain equipment and locate underground services, such as pipes or wires, before beginning work.


The Miami Valley CTC Heavy Equipment Operations program follows the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum. Upon successful completion, students earn NCCER certification. NCCER’s instructor certification process, standardized curriculum, assessment, student certification, and national registry is an industry leader for adult workforce education.

ACT WorkKeys Levels required for admission: Workplace Documents Level 4; Applied Mathematics Level 4; Graphic Literacy Level 4

Program Goals:

  • Know the necessary health and safety practices in the trade
  • Perform operational techniques on numerous pieces of equipment
  • Identify grades, grade stakes, and related tools
  • Interpret civil drawings and related sitemaps
  • Understand soil characteristics and solve related issues that may prevail
  • Utilize necessary operations that increase work completion and efficiency

Courses Taught: CPR, OSHA 30, NCCER Core, Heavy Equipment Operations Level 1, Heavy Equipment Operations Level 2, Heavy Equipment Operations Level 3, CDL



Class Overview

Class Schedule
Tuesday through Thursday, 5:30 - 10:00 pm
Program Costs
$17,818 (Financial aid is available for those who qualify) (Pell & Stafford funding authorized by US Dept. of Education)
Employment Rate
N/A Based on data reported to the Council on Occupational Education (COE)
Salary Range
$36,400 - $81,500 annually Based on data from O*Net Online

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  • Meets Program Criteria on Work Force Training Assessment
  • Drug Screen from ArcPoint Lab
  • Emergency Information Form
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Financial Aid -- Confirmation of Completed FAFSA (Student Aid Report)
  • Financial Aid -- Confirmation of Completed Loan Counseling
  • Financial Aid -- Confirmation of Completed MPN (Master Promissory Note)

College Connections

  • Hocking College
  • Sinclair Community College

Industry Standard Certificates

  • NCCER (National Center for Construction Education & Research)