Start a new career in the Construction Industry

If you’re looking for a field with good pay, steady work, and a great employment outlook, it’s high time you check out construction and heavy equipment operation. Spending on infrastructure is rising, our population continues to grow, and all of this contributes to a need for skilled workers to help build buildings, homes, bridges, dams, roads, and more. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry is projected to add over 250,000 new jobs over the coming decade, which means now is the perfect time to explore career training with our Heavy Equipment Operator Programs.

What heavy equipment operators do

Construction equipment operators are charged with controlling the heavy machinery that’s absolutely critical to the building of everything from dams and aircraft runways to residential homes and apartment complexes. This includes: 

  • Bulldozers 
  • Excavators 
  • Backhoes 
  • Loaders 
  • Forklifts 
  • Industrial trucks and tractors 
  • Paving and surfacing equipment 
  • And more 

You’ll maneuver, control, clean, and maintain this equipment as part of a full construction team, prioritizing job site safety and efficiency. 

Features and Benefits

  • Accelerated program allows you to get in, get trained, and get out for work in under 4 weeks
  • Hands-On Training with your own assigned piece of equipment working with a partner
  • Build a portfolio of real-world job skills and projects so you can show employers your work
  • Earn multiple diplomas and certifications: Licensed school diploma in heavy equipment, OSHA 10-hour card, and a national META Certification card in heavy equipment operations

Why you should choose ASC Technical Institute for your heavy equipment operator career training 

We are dedicated to helping our students get the practical experience they need to be successful on the job. Here are a few things that set ASC Technical Institute apart: 

  • We were founded by successful contractors who know the construction industry and understand that students need lots of practice in real-world settings. 
  • We focus on the three most commonly used pieces of equipment: excavators, backhoes, and bulldozers.  
  • We prioritize seat time, with 80 hours of hands-on training in your primary piece of equipment an additional 50 hours on your secondary piece of equipment. 
  • Your seat time includes learning a variety of job-ready skills, such as site plans/layout, underground utilities, septic and lateral lines, foundations, trenches, pools, and cemetery plots. 
  • You can complete one of our Heavy Equipment Operator Programs in under 4 weeks, from first course to graduation. 
  • We utilize top-tier equipment, like Caterpillar, Deere, and Volvo, so you know you’re learning on the best of the best. 

What are the different construction equipment training programs that we offer 

ASC Technical Institute has three different Heavy Equipment Operator Programs for you to choose from: 

Heavy Equipment Operations Level One 
150 Clock Hours 
This program lays the foundations for this career, teaching you the basic operational techniques, preventative maintenance, and safety procedures you’ll need on the yard and during operation. You’ll have the opportunity to earn two certificates: OSHA 10-Hour Certificate* and ASC Tech Certificate. 

Heavy Equipment Operations Level Two 
200 Clock Hours 
This program encompasses everything you learn in the Level One class, including safety and operation, but also adds in additional construction math, in-depth equipment specialization training, and civil blueprints. You’ll have the opportunity to earn two certificates: OSHA 10-Hour Certificate* and ASC Tech Certificate. 

Heavy Equipment Secondary Specialization 
50 Clock Hours 
For those students who have completed Heavy Equipment Operations Level One or Level Two, this program offers you the chance to learn operational techniques, preventative maintenance, and trade skills for a secondary specialization of your choice. You’ll have the opportunity to earn an ASC Tech Certificate upon successful completion. 

*Certificate is awarded after the student passes the certificate examination, proctored by ASC Tech. 

To learn more about the Heavy Equipment Operator Programs at ASC Technical Institute, contact us today.

Heavy Equipment careers by the numbers

Build Your Future (BYF), an organization established by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), lists heavy equipment operator as one of the five crafts in the highest demand, with a need for more than 600,000 heavy equipment operators across the United States through December 2022. The BYF website shows the demand for these workers by state, with Texas, Florida and California topping the chart.*