Heavy Equipment Operator Training

Four-Day Heavy Equipment Operator Training

Our four-day, equipment operator training classes for skid steers, front end-loaders, and backhoes will provide you with a solid foundation in safety standards, preventative maintenance, basic terminology, pre- and post-operation inspections, and proper operation so you can expand the number of pieces of equipment you can operate on the jobsite.

Each session combines classroom and hands-on training using the National Center of Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Curriculum.

Training topics for each session includes:

  • Safety
  • Configuration and component identification
  • Controls familiarization
  • Start-up, warm-up and shut-down procedures
  • Basic maneuvers
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Digging and loading techniques
  • Loading and securing for transport

Choose the class you need based on the skills you want to develop.

Training Sessions

Monday–Thursday from 8:00am–5:00pm

Location: Regional Transportation Training Center

Backhoe Operation

Cost: $1,239

  • February 27 – March 2, 2023
  • March 13 – 16, 2023

Front End-Loader Operation

Cost: $845

  • February 6 – 9, 2023

Skid Steer Operation

Cost: $845

  • January 17 – 20, 2023
  • February 13 – 16, 2023
  • February 20 – 23, 2023
  • March 6 – 9, 2023

Admission Requirements

No admission requirements or entrance exam needed.


Students must pass a written exam and equipment field operations in order to receive NCCER credentials. Additionally, students must register in the NCCER system to obtain their NCCER credentials.


Register online for Heavy Equipment Operator training sessions. You may also complete the form below and a program coordinator will contact you to help you begin the process.

Questions? Need Help Getting Started?

Complete the form below and Hawkeye Business and Community Education will contact you to answer your questions and help you get started.

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How did you hear about this program?

Business & Community Education

Regional Transportation Training Center
6433 Hammond Avenue
Waterloo, IA 50701

Email the Regional Transportation and Training Center

Hammond Avenue Bridge over Sink Creek, south of Orange Road is closed. Please use an alternate route.

Transportation Manager

Celeste Turner
319-296-2329, ext.1335
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