Construction Equipment Operation

Construction Equipment Operation

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Program Duration

1 year (Two Semesters)

Program Type

Technical Certificate

Median North Arkansas Salary

$36,640 (Career Information)

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Why Choose This Program

Students use construction equipment at real job sites in the community making parking lots, moving dirt for construction and other projects.


About The Program

Students use Northark’s heavy equipment including bulldozers, backhoes, excavator, an earth mover, grader, dump truck and semi-truck to work on projects in the community.

The program teaches students how to properly operate and maintain the heavy equipment used to excavate and move earth as part of the construction industry. Students spend the majority of class time operating equipment on job sites located within Northark’s service area to develop the skills needed for success in the construction industry.

Paying for College

Northark is affordable! We offer nearly $500,000 annually through institutional and foundation scholarships in addition to federal and state aid. See our scholarships and other financial aid programs.

Transfer or Stackable Options

The certificate can be used as one of the technical disciplines required for the Associate of Applied Science in General Technology and is frequently combined with the Certificate of Proficiency in Truck Driving to allow students to work for employers who require employees to hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Faculty Contact

Chad Hathaway
Construction Equipment Operation Instructor

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn and understand the basic safety and operating procedures of the machines used in Heavy Equipment Operations.
  • Obtain the operating skills of a hirable heavy equipment operator, suitable for any jobsite.
  • Have the ability to use the instruments to read grade and make adjustments.
  • Know what materials to use and where to use them.
  • Successfully complete the NCCER Core Curriculum and Heavy Equipment Operations for NCCER credentials.