Heavy Equipment Repair and Operations

This two-year program is based on the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum. Students will learn how to operate and maintain large, construction-related equipment. Types of equipment may include backhoes, dozers, front end loaders, excavators, and forklifts. Students will also learn how to diagnose and repair common issues with diesel engines and heavy machine operation. View the program flyer here.

Characteristics of a successful student

  • A strong interest in operating and repairing large diesel equipment
  • Ability to problem solve and design solutions
  • Excellent attendance
  • Parental support of the career and Heavy Equipment program


Courses strongly recommended to take prior to enrollment or concurrently at home school district

  • Regents Algebra
  • Earth Science


Topics Covered

  • Introduction:
    • Heavy Equipment Safety
    • Equipment Identificatiaon
    • Hand Tools
    • Power Tools
  • Operation and Maintenance:
    • Basic Operational Techniques
    • Front End Loaders
    • Excavators
    • Dozers
    • Backhoes
  • Diesel Technology and Repair
    • Diesel Engines
    • Power Trains
    • Air Brake Systems
    • Steering Systems
    • Suspension Systems
    • Electrical Systems
    • Hydraulics
    • Welding


Related career opportunities (attainable through program)

  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Truck Mechanic
  • CDL-B Drivers

Industry-Based Certifications

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Safety Certification (30-hour)
  • NCCER certifications by module
  • Dig Safely New York, Inc. Certified Excavator Program


Technical Assessment

NCCER Heavy Equipment Operator’s Certification Level 1
Pass ALL 3 parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio.

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