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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.

10-Day Training Program

To enroll in the program, you must complete the following steps.

  1. Attend an information session to learn more about this program.
  2. Complete an application [pdf].
  3. Once accepted into the program, you must attend your assigned orientation session.
Information Session Orientation 10-Day Training Begins
Tuesday, January 3
1:00–2:00pm
Friday, January 12
10:00–11:00am
Monday, January 15
8:00am–4:30pm
Monday, January 29
1:00–2:00pm
Friday, February 9
10:00–11:00am
Monday, February 12
8:00am–4:30pm
Monday, February 12
1:00–2:00pm
Friday, February 23
2:00–3:00pm
Monday, February 26
8:00am–4:30pm

Information sessions will be held at IowaWORKs—Cedar Valley, 3420 University Avenue, Waterloo, Iowa.

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

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Training 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

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