• Heavy Equipment Operating Engineers Apprenticeship (740)


    This four-year certificate program offers qualifying applicants occupational training under the sponsorship of the local Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) of the Western Pennsylvania Operating Engineers.

    The cooperative component of this program involves lecture and laboratory classes for 45 academic credits. A student may apply these 45 credits towards an associate degree in Building Construction Estimating or Supervision. Instruction in this program encompasses a wide range of skills, including safety, plans and specifications, soil inspection and welding. The main focus is the operation of a wide variety of heavy equipment utilized in the construction industry.

    Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

    1. Conduct pre-operational inspections, troubleshoot and perform routine maintenance on heavy equipment.
    2. Interpret the information contained on construction grade stakes.
    3. Communicate effectively using terminology common to the construction industry.
    4. Give and receive hand signals used in the construction industry.
    5. Safely and productively operate a wide variety of heavy equipment.

    Students who successfully complete this four-year training, seek employment in any number of jobs, including backhoe operator, excavator operator, loader, crane operator, grader operator and forklift operator.

    Construction Trade Technology training programs are open to all qualifying students. These programs are offered in conjunction with the Joint Apprenticeship Committees of the building trades and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania awards certificates of completion to those who complete one of these apprenticeship programs. Admission is by competitive testing and interviews with a joint Apprenticeship Committee.


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    Degree Requirements

    First Year

    Course #Course NameCredits
    HEO-101Heavy Equipment Regulation and Safety6
    HEO-102Equipment Operations 16
    Total Credits: 12

    Second Year

    Course #Course NameCredits
    HEO-105 Heavy Equipment Regulations and Safety 25
    HEO-106Equipment Operations 26
    Total Credits: 11

    Third Year

    Course #Course NameCredits
    HEO-201Heavy Equipment Regulations and Safety 34
    HEO-202Equipment Operations 37
    Total Credits: 11

    Fourth YeaR

    Course #Course NameCredits
    HEO-205 Equipment Operations 46
    HEO-206Industry Recertifications5
    Total Credits: 11
    Minimum Credits to Graduate: 45