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.
*Arizona Drivers license is highly recommended.
Things to Consider
- Students will be working outside more often than not in this program.
- Students may be required to travel to offsite locations for Skills Saturdays.
- Heavy Equipment Operator
- Forklift Operator
Jobs Available After Additional or Advanced Training
- Open Pit Mining Operator
- Project Manager
- Project Engineer
- 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
- Forklift (Industrial & Rough Terrain)
- NCCER Core
- First Aid
- Stop the Bleed
- OSHA 10
Work Based Learning Requirements
Students who complete year 1 or more of the program and meet the Internship Program eligibility requirements may have the opportunity to complete an internship.
Michael BatesHeavy Equipment Operations Instructor
Tim WoodHeavy Equipment Operations Skills Instructor
- Steel/composite toe boots
- Hard hat
- Reflective vest
- Safety glasses
Beneficial Classes to Take in High School
- Second Language
- Construction Technology
- Automotive Technology