Award: Associate of Applied Science Degree
Four semesters & One Summer Term
Fall semester entry
If you have a desire to operate and repair large and complex equipment, the Heavy Equipment Operation and Maintenance program is perfect for you. NCC offers the only Heavy Equipment program in Iowa. It is nationally certified by the Associated General Contractors and is recognized for excellence by the Iowa Land Improvement Contractors Association.
As a Heavy Equipment Operation and Maintenance student, you learn both the operation of heavy construction equipment and the preventative maintenance and repair of the equipment. You will be able to develop occupational skills using crawler tractors, motor graders, self-propelled scrapers, rubber-tired loaders, compaction equipment, dump trucks, backhoes, and hydraulic excavators. In addition, the program provides tractor-trailer training, which allows you to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License. Loading and safe transportation of heavy equipment to the job site is also covered. Training occurs both on campus and at various off-campus sites.
You should consider whether you meet the general occupational and program work requirements: lift at least 80 pounds, have manipulative skills to work in awkward positions to accomplish tasks, work in inclement weather, meet manufacturer limit restrictions for various pieces of equipment and peripheral devices, and are physically able to climb on and off equipment and operate standard equipment and controls.
Where will I get a job?
Many students go to work for a contractor shortly after graduation. Due to the increasing demand in construction employment needs, the demand for qualified equipment operators and maintenance technicians exceeds the present supply of personnel available. Placement is usually close to 100%, 70% of which have found work prior to graduation.
How much $ will I make?
Starting wage in this area can be around $14/hour. However, many students go on to find salaries above the $25/hour range.
What kind of classes will I take?
During the first portion of the program, the lecture/lab breakdown is about 70/30. However,for the second portion of the program, 100% of the time is working on a job site.
What’s unique about this program?
NCC offers the only Heavy Equipment program in Iowa. Students work on an actual job site for an extended period of time before they graduate, offering much more hands-on experience. The program is nationally certified by the Associated General Contractors and is recognized for excellence by the Iowa Land Improvement Contractors Association.