Heavy Equipment Operator

This program will prepare the student to enter the equipment operations career field as an entry level operator. The program contains instruction and “handson” operation experience on bulldozers, backhoes, track excavators, wheel loaders, Skidsteers, motor graders, rollers, tractors, water tankers, dump trucks, and equipment transports. Students will also gain familiarity in interpreting construction grade stakes, safety procedures, and equipment maintenance as they apply to Heavy Equipment Operation. Class “A” Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training and testing are an integral part of this program. Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Operate heavy equipment (dozer, grader, loader, excavator, backhoe, Skidsteer, roller, tractor) and drive commercial trucks over 26,000 lbs. to National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER) and Department of Transportation (DOT) standards in a job site environment;
  • Maintain and service heavy equipment;
  • Read and interpret grade and survey markings and stakes; and
  • Apply critical thinking skills to evaluate and solve problems.

Program Requirements

See the Academic Catalog.

For general information,

William Richards, OT Navigator
OT 204
(406) 756-4862


Chris Moore
(406) 756-3602 OT 108

Pete Wade
OT 108
(406) 756-3968

For general information, contact the Admissions office: (406) 756-3847.

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