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Heavy Equipment Operations

Learn about and Operate different types of heavy equipment including Skid Steer, Backhoe, Forklift, Loader, Excavator, and more. Students also visit industry workplaces, demonstrate their learned skills in competitions, perform work at a mine, and have industry professionals visit the classroom. Professionals in this career field are in high demand and have a variety of opportunities for growth.


  • Flagger
  • Forklift (Industrial & Rough Terrain)
  • NCCER Core
  • First Aid + Bleeding Control
  • OSHA 10
  • Additional Certification Opportunity – Commercial Drivers License (CDL)
    • Only for students who successful complete Pima Community College Dual Enrollment TDT 118 and additional coursework at PCC

Things to Consider About This Program

  • You will be working outside more often than not in this program

Direct Employment

  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Forklift Operator
  • Flagger

Jobs Available After Additional or Advanced Training

  • Mechanic
  • Contractor
  • Open Pit Mining Operator
  • Project Manager
  • Contractor
  • Project Engineer
  • Superintendent


Grades 11 – 12

  • Arizona Drivers license is highly recommended
Enrollment Page

Holland Codes:

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Heavy Equipment Operations


JTED @ Granite:

Mondays & Wednesdays 4 to 8 p.m. and 2 Saturdays per month 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Tuesdays & Thursdays 4 to 8 p.m. and 2 Saturdays per month 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Program Completion/Sequence

  • Semester 1: Equipment safety, identification and basic operation of: Skid Steer, Excavator, Safety: NCCER and OSHA 10 certification training¬†
  • Semester 2: Equipment safety, identification and basic operation of: Backhoe, Loader, Mine Safety Health Administration (MSHA), Forklift, Flagger
  • This program is completed in one school year



Locations offering Heavy Equipment Operations:

  • JTED @ Granite
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