Lincoln Tech Introduces Heavy Equipment Operator Training
Heavy equipment such as bulldozers, backhoes, dump trucks, and other construction vehicles require specially skilled, trained operators to manage the controls. These pieces of equipment often cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and operators need to possess dexterity, quick reflexes, and an attention to precise details when equipment is in motion.
“We’re very excited to offer this new program as part of our Heavy Equipment career training,” says
The program, which consists of two 120-hour training modules, can be completed as a standalone option or in combination with Lincoln Tech’s standard Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology program, which is offered at both campuses. Training lasts from 8 to 12 weeks, depending on the campus and schedule selected.
- Introduction to Operating Heavy Equipment, in which students will be introduced to the trade, learn about the fundamentals of job safety, and complete core curriculum from the
National Council for Construction Education and Research. This curriculum includes study and lecture on topics such as materials handling, construction mathematics, using hand and power tools, and more.
- Heavy Equipment Operation, consisting of hands-on practice in operation techniques, understanding landscape grades, earthmoving, using basic controls, loading, unloading, excavating and trenching.
A key component of students’ hands-on experience is the use of CAT Simulators, a Virtual Reality tool that puts students “behind the wheel” through simulated environments. These trainers allow students to build up comfort and familiarity with heavy equipment controls before moving into the cabs of real vehicles.
Statewide projections over the next 10 years include 5,000 openings in
* Career growth projections can be found at onetonline.org for the years 2020-2030 (state and regional) and 2021-2031 (national), and are current as of
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Peter Tahinos Lincoln Educational Services973-766-9656 PTahinos@lincolntech.edu
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