Heavy Equipment Operation & Maintenance

Work Outdoors and Be Part of Something Big!

A student operates an excavator, preparing to scoop soil.
Students learn the skills required by heavy equipment operators for light construction, landscaping and highway industries. This includes the safe operation and maintenance of construction-related equipment, as well as equipment diagnosis and repair.

Units of Study

Orientation & Safety, plus:

  • Basic Operating Techniques
  • Orientation to the Trade
  • Identification of Heavy Equipment
  • Introduction to Hand & Power Tools
  • Welding/ Oxy-Acetylene Torching
  • Preventative Maintenance of Heavy Equipment
  • Career and Financial Management
  • Career Exploration
  • Basic Employability & Leadership Skills
  • CDL General Knowledge Exam Prep
  • CDL Airbrake Prep
  • Adult First Aide/CPR/AED
  • Certified Excavator Program Training

College Credits

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements:
  • Alfred State 

Licensing / Industry-Based Certifications

OSHA 10 Construction Industry

Dig Safely New York, Inc. Certified Excavator Program (CEP) in Safe Digging Best Practices

American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED certification

Preparation for NYS CDL Class B Permit Exam

NCCER Certifications for Core and Level 1 Heavy Equipment Operations Modules

Professional Outlook

Job Projections: 12 percent annual growth in new jobs through 2026.
Median U.S. Salary: $46,990 per year (in 2018).*

Education Requirements: Many workers attend a career and technical education program, others learn through an apprenticeship or on the job training.
*Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics 


Jim Slocum

Enrollment Information

Meet with your school counselor to discuss how Career & Technical Education at WEMOCO can benefit your career development. Your counselor can help you begin the enrollment process.
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Program Overview - PDF

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