Transportation

Heavy Equipment Operator Training

10-Day Training for Women and Minorities

Receive free, interactive and hands-on training in this ten day program that 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.

Who qualifies?

Women and minorities interested in a rewarding, entry-level career with great income potential.

What will I learn?

  • Completing equipment safety inspections
  • How to use personal protective gear
  • Safe operation of heavy equipment
  • Workplace safety principles

What equipment will I train on?

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

  • Wheel Loader
  • Dump Truck
  • Six Wheel Truck
  • Forklift
  • Skid Steer Loader

What is the cost?

The program is free to women and minorities.

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

When does the program meet?

The next program begins June 19, 2014.

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

How do I apply?

Contact a Career Pathway Navigator at careertraining@hawkeyecollege.edu or 319-296-4247 for more information and to apply.

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5330 Nordic Drive
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
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