Heavy Equipment Operator

Course Description: The HEVO program is a short-term training course designed to prepare students to enter the heavy construction industry. Program content includes instruction in general construction site safety, operation of diesel powered heavy equipment and tractor trailer rigs, identification of common equipment/vehicle components, defensive driving skills, actual driving on rural, urban and interstate highways, cargo handling, tractor trailer backing and maneuvering, documentation and verification of loads and grades and equipment/vehicle inspections and logging.

Location: Rod Brady Campus
Cost: $4,360.80

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the HEVO program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate work safety when dealing with all professional heavy equipment and tractor-trailer rigs.
  • Demonstrate general construction site safety.
  • Demonstrate ability to operate diesel powered heavy equipment and tractor trailer rigs.
  • Demonstrate ability to identify common equipment/vehicle components.
  • Demonstrate defensive driving skills on rural, urban and interstate highways.
  • Demonstrate ability to handle cargo.
  • Demonstrate ability to back and maneuver tractor trailer rigs.
  • Demonstrate ability to document and verify loads and grades.
  • Demonstrate ability to inspect vehicles/equipment. Demonstrate ability to log hours according to laws and regulations. 

Program Curriculum

course no. course title lecture lab total credit hrs. total clock hrs.
JOBS 2460 Job Seeking Skills 2 0   60
WKSF 1003 Industrial Workplace Safety 2 1   90
HVCO 1013 Orientation to the Construction Trade 2 1   90
HCVO 1023 Introduction to Earth Moving 1 3   120
HVCO 1133 Construction Technology & Equipment 1 3   120
HCVO 1143 Soils & Machinery 2 3   120
CTDP 1053 Commercial Vehicle Operations & Regulations 2 1   90
CTDP 1064 Commercial Vehicle Operations II 1 3   120
SPPR 2991 Special Projects I 0 1   30
SPPR 2993 Special Projects II 0 2   60
SPPR 2995 Special Projects III 0 3   90
SPPR 2996 Special Projects IV 0 4   120


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