Heavy Equipment Operations (HEO)

For More Information Contact:

Arlin Haider
HEO Instructor
Email: ahaider@uttc.edu

Sheridan McNeil
Career & Technical Education Director
Phone: 701.221.1409

A one semester training program, the Heavy Equipment Operations (HEO) program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to obtain entry-level employment operating heavy equipment. Training topics include basics of safety (1st aid/CPR, OSHA 10), equipment maintenance, project organization and heavy equipment operations (front end loader, back hoe, loading/unloading, docking) along with introductory college courses.

Students will utilize state-of-the-art simulators before “hands-on” practice activities with modern heavy equipment machines. Participants will also be introduced to the fundamentals of welding, a skill that will benefit them for future employment. Upon completion of the certificate program, the graduate will have the required number of hours and skills required for entry-level jobs in heavy equipment operations.

Enrollment is limited to ensure quality practice time with instructors.

A training site is located directly south of campus in which students operate 6 different machines.

Industry Expectations 
Due to the stringent safety requirements and rigorous physical demands of operating specific tools, equipment, and machinery, students participating in the UTTC Heavy Equipment Operations, Welding, and Automotive Technology programs must meet certain physical requirements. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by any employee in specific industries to successfully perform the essential functions of the training and industry jobs. Reasonable accommodations may be requested by individuals with disabilities. The Disabilities Services Coordinator will determine, on a case-by-case basis, if the accommodation requested is reasonable. 

1. The employee is regularly required to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble large and very small objects or controls. 
2. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, and crouch, or crawl. 
3. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100+ pounds with assistance. 

Program Outcomes

The graduates of the HEO program will be able to:

  1. Evaluate job site for safety
  2. Safely operate heavy equipment in accordance to industry standards
  3. Utilize the appropriate heavy equipment

Job Projections

For possible career opportunities for this program, click here.


Heavy Equipment Operation Certificate Plan

Course Offerings

Course Code Course Description Credits
Fall Offerings
HEO 101 Basic Principles of Heavy Equipment 6
HEO 124 Basic Safety for HEO 3
HEO 130 Project Layout 3
HEO 150 Heavy Equipment Operations 3
Spring Offerings
HEO 101 Basic Principles of Heavy Equipment 6
HEO 124 Basic Safety for HEO 3
HEO 130 Project Layout 3
HEO 150 Heavy Equipment Operations 3