Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate Description
The Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate provides training and experience in the operation of heavy equipment. In addition, the fundamentals of equipment maintenance and repair are also included.
Various materials used in these industries and the formulas used to calculate the types and amounts needed of these items, as well as the terminology used to communicate efficiently with others in the workplace are also covered.
The hands-on training emphasizes safety and includes maintenance procedures, pre-start checks, shut down procedures and optical or laser grade checking instruments.
These skills help individuals interested in entering the various industries that use heavy equipment to build, maintain and advance communities and infrastructure.
Hocking College offers all-inclusive pricing and works with students to assure they have complete college funding, including financial aid, before they start classes. Please reference the course curriculum tab for program costs.
All-inclusive pricing includes the following:
$20........Health Center Services
$75........Career Center Services
Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found here.
*Recommended for all first-year college students.
A Career in Heavy Equipment Equals a Solid Foundation
The Heavy Equipment Management program prepares graduates for occupations in commercial and residential construction and extraction work, highway construction and maintenance work, pipelines, landfills, landscaping, environment al restoration, commercial trucking, and heavy equipment maintenance.
Students completing this certificate can work in many fields involving heavy equipment earning solid wages in a growing occupation.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success.
- CE - Communicates Effectively
- PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
- CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
- ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
- HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
- MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
- GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural
- IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology
To learn more about each of these, click here.
The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate:
- Apply understanding of and engage in safety practices essential to the construction trades.
- Perform pre-start inspections and shut down procedures.
- Operate heavy equipment efficiently, responsibly, and safely, including loading and transportation.
- Inspect, diagnose, repair, and/or replace heavy equipment systems and subsystems.
- All registered fall/autumn students with registration status for the following fall/autumn.
- Excludes special populations - College Credit Plus, Non Degree, Online Military and University Center.
Potentialfor upcoming fall/autumn excludes graduates from that fall/autumn, spring and summer terms.
|Academic Year||Retention Rate|
|2016 - 2017||17%|
|2015 - 2016||35%|
|2014 - 2015||22%|
Graduation rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research. To ensure appropriate time for data collection, this report will be run and posted annually in the last week of September for the previous academic year. It should be noted that annual graduation rates may change as students continue to graduate. The following criteria will be utilized for the calculation of graduation rates:
- Overall Program Completion Rate is defined as a percentage of the ratio:
All graduates of the program
All students with the program in their history of programs of study
- For the purposes of reporting, the program completion rates are aggregated by academic year of entry.
- A student is considered to have completed or graduated from a program or certificate by virtue of having been awarded the degree or certificate.
- A student is considered to be undertaking activity in a program of study for the duration of time that they are in an active status in a program or certificate. This is defined by having a Program of Study with a status of ‘A’ during the duration of time they are taking coursework. Should a student move in and out of active status in a program of study while continuing to take coursework, we only take into account the student’s activity while the program has an active status for that particular program of study.
|Academic Year||Graduation Rate|
|2016 - 2017||3.57%|
|2015 - 2016||0%|
|2014 - 2015||0%|
How do I get a job as a heavy equipment operator?
Hocking College has established partnerships with industry employers. This program offers job placement opportunities for its graduates.
How much money will I make?
Journey Operators can earn $70,000 annually.
How long does it take to complete the heavy equipment certificate program?
Depending on when they start, students can finish the Heavy Equipment Certificate Program in two (2) to three (3) semesters.