Extended Hours January 7–18, 2019

Offices with extended hours: Student Services, the Business Office, Admissions, and Financial Aid.

Monday–Thursday 7:30am–6:00pm
Friday 7:30am–4:30pm

Heavy Equipment Operator Training

FREE 12-Day Training 

Receive free, interactive and hands-on training to start a rewarding, entry-level career with great income potential. This 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 $33,800 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. It is primarily aimed at women, minorities, and disadvantaged individuals.

12-Day Training Program

Information Sessions

Please register in advance to attend an information session by calling 319-291-2705 ext.7002.

Friday, January 4, 2019 from 1:00–2:00pm
Friday, February 1, 2019 from 1:00–2:00pm
Friday, March 1, 2019 from 1:00–2:00pm

Location: IowaWORKS–Cedar Valley

Training Sessions

January 14–29, 2019
February 11–26, 2019
March 11–26, 2019

Monday–Friday from 8:00am–4:30pm

Location: Regional Transportation Training Center

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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    Regional Transportation Training Center
    6433 Hammond Avenue
    Waterloo, IA 50701

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    Transportation Manager

    Celeste Turner
    319-296-2329, ext.1335
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