Program at a Glance

Program Type
Less than 1-year Credential
Area of Study
Advanced Manufacturing & Skilled Trades
Est. Program Cost
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Get Started as a Skilled Heavy Equipment Operator

Learn how to operate heavy equipment and gear up for this in-demand profession.

Why Choose Germanna

Through classroom learning and hands-on practice, Germanna provides foundational skills to support your entry into heavy equipment operating. Germanna also provides opportunities for recertification and growth in the industry.

Career Options as a Credentialed Heavy Equipment Operator

In-Demand Jobs:  

  • Construction Member or Foreman: Cleans and prepares construction sites by removing debris or possible hazards. Load building materials for use in a project and build scaffolds that will be taken apart later when a project is completed.
  • Dozer Driver: Drives a bulldozer at construction sites or during other types of industrial operations. Duties include moving soil, rocks, and debris and leveling the ground.
  • Excavator Operator: Operates excavating and loading equipment and heavy machinery including excavators, power shovels, stripping shovels, scraper loaders, and backhoes.

Salary Expectations

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What You'll Learn

In-Demand Skills:

  • Earth moving
  • Equipment operation and safety
  • Utility tractors
Course Highlights
Core Craft Skills
Heavy Equipment Operator Level 1
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Technical training and career-based certificates can further develop the specific job skills you need to advance in your current job or change careers.
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Transfer your Germanna credits to top Virginia four-year schools including UMW, VCU, and Hampton U through our guaranteed transfer agreements.
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