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Heavy Equipment Operator

Make a Living Playing in the Dirt!

Did you like to play with tractors, bulldozers, and shovels as a kid? Get paid for it now! Graduates from Lake Area Tech’s Heavy Equipment Operator program will enter into a field that has a high demand for qualified workers in commercial and industrial construction, heavy equipment operation, and earthmoving equipment operation.

Students entering our Heavy Equipment Operator program will choose from a diploma in Excavation Operations after 11 months or an Associate of Applied Science degree in Heavy Equipment Operations after completing the entire 20-month curriculum.

First year students will learn:

  • To maintain and repair tracks, wheels, brakes, operating controls, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, electrical circuitry, and engines
  • Basic skills in excavating, digging, ditching, grading, and backfilling

Second year students will learn:

  • To operate and maintain a variety of heavy equipment such as crawler tractors, motor graders and scrapers, shovels, rigging devices, hoists, and jacks
  • Basic skills in digging, ditching, sloping, stripping, grading, backfilling, clearing, crane operation, and excavating

Lake Area Tech grads are averaging $25.89 per hour in this field and that’s just six months after graduation.  Additionally, people retiring from this field will create even more job opportunities for new graduates.

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