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
  • Forklifts
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Mini excavators

Starting Wages

Entry-level construction workers make approximately $28,000 annually in Iowa. Currently, Iowa has approximately 11% job demand increase in this field.

Cost and Financial Assistance

This program is free to individuals who qualify for the 10-day program.

Information Sessions

Attend an information session to learn more about this program. Please bring a completed application to the information session.

Seating is limited. Please call 319-235-2123 to pre-register.

All information sessions will be held at IowaWORKS Cedar Valley, 3420 University Avenue, Waterloo, Iowa.

Date Time
Monday, February 27, 2017 1:00-3:00pm Download application [pdf]
Monday, March 27, 2017 1:00-3:00pm Download application [pdf]
Monday, April 24, 2016 1:00-3:00pm Download application [pdf]

10-Day Training Program

Once accepted into the program, you must attend your assigned orientation session.

Training will be held at Hawkeye's Regional Transportation Training Center, 6433 Hammond Avenue, Waterloo, Iowa.

Class Start Date Class Time Orientation Date Orientation Time
Monday, March 13, 2017 8:00am-4:30pm Friday, March 10, 2017 10:00am
Monday, April 17, 2017 8:00am-4:30pm Friday, April 14, 2017 10:00am
Monday, May 15, 2017 8:00am-4:30pm Friday, May 12, 2017 10:00am

Questions? Need Help Getting Started?

Call 319-235-2123 or complete the form below. Our program coordinator will contact you shortly 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

  • Simulator training
  • Pre-trip inspection
  • Shifting, turning, braking
  • Job site maneuvering

Day 6

  • 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