Heavy Equipment Operator/CDL

Heavy Equipment Operator/CDL

Certificate Description

This program offers hands-on training, preparing individuals to use machinery to move construction materials, earth, and other heavy materials at construction sites, mines, and sometimes your backyard.

Construction equipment operators use equipment that clears and grades land to prepare it for construction of roads, buildings, and neighborhoods. They dig trenches to lay or repair sewer and other pipelines, and they hoist heavy construction materials. Construction equipment operators also operate machinery that applies asphalt and concrete to roads and other structures.

Operators control equipment by moving levers or foot pedals, operating switches, or turning dials. The operation of much of this equipment is becoming more complex as a result of computerized controls. Global Positioning System (GPS) technology also is being used to help with grading and leveling activities. In addition to controlling the equipment, construction equipment operators also transport, set up, and inspect the equipment, make adjustments, and perform some maintenance and minor repairs.

Heavy equipment operators may operate excavation and loading machines equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets that dig sand, gravel, earth, or similar materials and load it into trucks or onto conveyors. In addition to the familiar bulldozers, they operate trench excavators, road graders, and similar equipment. Sometimes they may drive and control industrial trucks or tractors equipped with forklifts or booms for lifting materials or with hitches for pulling trailers. They also may operate and maintain air compressors, pumps, and other power equipment at construction sites. Construction equipment operators who are classified as operating engineers are capable of operating several different types of construction equipment. This certificate includes a 300 hour internship opportunity.

This program is delivered face-to-face and may contain online components.

Certificate Courses

Certificate Requirements

Individuals must hold a current driver license and be at least 18 years old to register. Student must also have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Employment Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job demands as a construction equipment operator is expected to increase by 23 percent, which is faster than average jobs. As the population and business growth increase more and more jobs will be available. Bridges and roads need to be maintained and redone before they become unsafe. All these jobs require a construction equipment operator.

When can I start?

Courses start every 5 weeks. For class dates and times please refer to the Short-Term Class Schedule

Is Financial Aid available?


Can I make payments? Are all tuition and fees due upfront?

Half due upfront with the remaining balance divided into monthly payments (due on the 10th of each month).

Estimated Tuition & Fees

$4,000 - Tuition does not include retesting fees - this is an estimate. Course fees may vary.

Pell Eligible: Yes

Estimated Monthly Payment:

Half down upfront with the remaining balance divided. Call (435) 753-6780 for payment plan options.

Estimated Books & Supplies

Cost varies by specialization and/or electives chosen.

Campus Locations

Logan Campus - West

Quick Facts

Certificate Duration
600 Hours - 5 months
Hours per Week
30 hrs/wk
Certificate Availability
High School Students
Not available

Adult Students
Classes begin approximately every 5 weeks.
For class dates and times please refer to the Short-Term Class Schedule

Outcome Data

Reported Annually to the Accrediting Agency Council on Occupational Education

Completion: 93%
Job Placement: 76%
Licensure: 100%
Withdrawal: 5%

Outcome statistics are compiled annually based upon Training Outcome surveys conducted with students post-graduation. Data is gathered through coordination with the student, faculty, Student Services Office personnel, and licensing agencies.

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Hours of Operation

Logan Campus 

Student Services
Monday: 8 am - 4:30 pm (We will be open at 7:30 am on the first day of registration)

Tuesday: 8 am - 6 pm
Wednesday: 8 am - 6 pm
Thursday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
Friday: 8 am - 4 pm
Sat/Sun: Closed

Brigham City Branch Campus 

In-Person Hours Brigham City Branch Campus
Monday: 7:30 am - 4 pm
Tuesday: 7:30 am - 4 pm
Wednesday: 7:30 am - 4 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am - 4 pm
Friday: 7:30 am - 3 pm
Sat/Sun: Closed

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Main Office
1301 North 600 West
Logan, UT 84321

Toll Free: 866-701-1100
Local: 435-753-6780
TDD: 800-346-4128
Fax: 435-752-2016