Students in the Commercial Construction/Heavy Equipment program learn the knowledge and skills needed for entry-level employment or further education. Students who pass written and performance exams can earn National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certifications, which are recognized nationwide by contractors and employers.
Job Projections for Heavy Equipment Operators: 10 percent annual growth in new jobs through 2028.
Median U.S. Salary: $45,040 per year.
Job Projections for Carpenters: Eight percent annual growth in new jobs through 2028.
Median U.S. Salary: $46,590 per year.
Education Requirements: Many workers learn equipment operation on the job, while others learn through an apprenticeship or by attending trade schools.
Units of Study
- Hand and power tools
- Soils and grades
- Blueprints, layout and codes
- Basic equipment operation & preventive maintenance
- Basic commercial construction technologies
- Structures and utilities
- Communication & employability skills
- English 12 (seniors)
- SUNY Cobleskill
- Pima Community College, Tucson, Ariz.
- Construction equipment operator
- Equipment maintenance technician pipe laborer
- Construction inspector
- Materials tester
- Engineering technician
William Rouleau is a certified NCCER and OSHA instructor as well as a licensed building inspector.
Matt Millard is a certified NCCER instructor, OSHA General Industry Trainer, and has an Associate in Occupational Studies degree in automotive technology.