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Heavy Equipment Operations

United Tribes Technical College

A one-semester training program, the Heavy Equipment Operations (HEO) program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to obtain entry-level employment operating heavy equipment. Training topics include basics of safety (1st aid/CPR, OSHA 10), equipment maintenance, project organization and heavy equipment operations (front end loader, backhoe, loading/unloading, docking) along with introductory college courses.

Students will utilize state-of-the-art simulators before “hands-on” practice activities with modern heavy equipment machines. Participants will also be introduced to the fundamentals of welding, a skill that will benefit them for future employment. Upon completion of the certificate program, the graduate will have the required number of hours and skills required for entry-level jobs in heavy equipment operations.

Enrollment is limited to ensure quality practice time with instructors. A training site is located directly south of campus in which students operate 6 different machines.

Industry Expectations

Due to the stringent safety requirements and rigorous physical demands of operating specific tools, equipment, and machinery, students participating in the UTTC Heavy Equipment Operations, Welding, and Automotive Technology programs must meet certain physical requirements. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by any employee in specific industries to successfully perform the essential functions of the training and industry jobs. Reasonable accommodations may be requested by individuals with disabilities. The Disabilities Services Coordinator will determine, on a case-by-case basis, if the accommodation requested is reasonable.

  1. The employee is regularly required to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble large and very small objects or controls.
  2. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, and crouch, or crawl.
  3. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100+ pounds with assistance.

Academic Program Certificate

Program Outcomes

The graduates of the HEO program will be able to:

  1. Evaluate job site for safety
  2. Safely operate heavy equipment in accordance to industry standards
  3. Utilize the appropriate heavy equipment

Fall Semester

Course CodeDescriptionCredits
HEO 101Basic Principles of Heavy Equipment6
HEO 124Basic Safety for HEO3
HEO 130Project Layout3
HEO 150Heavy Equipment Operations3

Spring Semester

Course CodeDescriptionCredits
HEO 101Basic Principles of Heavy Equipment6
HEO 124Basic Safety for HEO3
HEO 130Project Layout3
HEO 150Heavy Equipment Operations3