Transportation

Heavy Equipment Operator Training

10-Day Training for Women and Minorities

Receive free, interactive and hands-on training to start a rewarding, entry-level career with great income potential. This ten-day program will give you the basic skills and knowledge to safely operate heavy equipment and enter the high-demand construction industry as an entry-level equipment operator.

In this program you will learn about:

  • Equipment safety inspections
  • Personal protective gear
  • Safe operation of heavy equipment
  • Workplace safety principles

You will train using driving simulators as well as actual equipment including:

  • Wheel loaders
  • Dump trucks
  • Six-wheel trucks
  • Forklifts
  • Skid steer loaders

Program Details

Class Start Dates Ten-day sessions begin on the dates below.
  • Monday, March 30, 2015
  • Monday, May 11, 2015
  • Monday, June 8, 2015
Class Schedule Classes meet Monday through Friday for 10 days from 8:00am-4:00pm
Location Hawkeye Community College
Regional Transportation Training Center
6433 Hammond Avenue
Waterloo, IA
Cost

Free to women and minorities who qualify for the 10-day program.

An Iowa Department of Transportation grant is making this entry-level equipment operator training free.

Learn More About the Program

Attend an information sessions at the Regional Transportation Training Center or all 319-296-4286.

  • Friday, March 27 at 10:00am
  • Friday, May 8 at 10:00am
  • Friday, June 5 at 10:00am

Questions? Need Help Getting Started?

Call 319-296-4286, email Mary Fontes, or complete the form below. Hawkeye Business and Community Education will contact you to answer your questions and help you get started.

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10-Day Schedule

Day 1

  • OSHA training
  • Introduction to heavy construction equipment
  • Equipment terminology and uses

Day 2

  • OSHA training
  • Preoperational inspections
  • Start up and shut down procedures
  • Controls and gauges

Day 3

  • Preoperational inspections
  • Start up and shut down procedures
  • Controls and gauges
  • Basic operation
  • Driving and turning
  • Center of gravity and carrying loads
  • Post operational inspections and lubrication

Day 4

  • Preoperational inspections
  • Start up and shut down procedures
  • Controls and gauges
  • Moving earth, loading, leveling

Day 5

  • Introduction to six wheel dump trucks
  • Simulator training
  • Pre-trip inspection
  • Shifting, turning, braking
  • Job site maneuvering

Day 6

  • Dump truck practice
  • Loading, hauling, and dumping
  • Equipment operating
  • Loading trucks, leveling loads, and moving materials

Day 7

  • Introduction to grade and fall
  • Soils and compaction
  • Grading practice, working on uneven grades
  • Material spreading

Day 8

  • Workplace communication
  • Job applications
  • Interviews
  • Identifying underground hazards and utilities
  • Digging in proximity to underground utilities

Day 9

  • Digging trenches to specific grade and fall
  • Bugging pipe and utilities
  • Covering and finishing open trenches
  • Skills practice

Day 10

  • Grading, leveling, trenching practice
  • Bugging pipe and utilities
  • Covering and finishing open trenches
  • Range and equipment clean up
  • Course wrap and evaluations

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