Construction Equipment Operation


Core Courses

  • Jobsite Safety
  • Transportation Industry and Driver Regulations
  • Driving Range I
  • Site Layout and Blueprint Reading
  • Basic Construction Equipment Operation
  • Utility Company Operation
  • Equipment Operation I, II, and III
  • Routine Service and Maintenance
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • All Terrain Lifts Operation
  • Support Equipment Operation
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Workplace Experience

Before the start of classes you must have a valid driver’s license with a good driving record and a stable work history.

During the first week of classes you must complete a DOT physical examination and a DOT drug test with negative results.

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 63
Program Start: Spring, Summer

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Graduates find employment as construction equipment operators for:

  • Commercial and residential building contractors
  • Trenching and excavation contractors
  • County, state, and heavy highway road construction contractors
  • Road maintenance departments

This profession is expected to grow by 11% through 2024 in Iowa.

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Construction Equipment Operators and Operating Engineers $32,400 $46,700 $53,900
Highway Maintenance Workers $33,400 $42,700  $47,300

Source: 2016 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Gainful Employment


The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
Benton's Sand and Gravel Inc. Cedar Falls, IA
Black Hawk County Landfill Waterloo, IA
Cedar Falls Construction Co., Inc. Cedar Falls, IA
Cedar Valley Corp., LLC Waterloo, IA
C.J. Moyna and Sons Elkader, IA
Elder Corp Altoona, IA
JB Holland Construction, Inc. Decorah, IA
Mannatts Inc. Brooklyn, IA
Peterson Contractors, Inc. Reinbeck, IA
Veith Construction Corp. Cedar Falls, IA

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Contact Us

Student Success Specialist De'Carlos Anderson Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1228 Butler Hall 122
Program Advisor Marty Kroenecke Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1332 Regional Transportation Training Center 129
Administrative Assistant Dianne Lellig Email me 319-296-4011 Butler Hall 131
Dean Dave Grunklee Email me 319-296-4042 Butler Hall 131A
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