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Central Arizona Valley
Institute of Technology
Paper construction plans rolled out and a big yellow bulldozer

Our Heavy Equipment Operations Program

Program Highlights

  • Introduction to the use of heavy equipment with the emphasis on safety, preventative maintenance, and grade stake interpretation.
  • Shape the earth by operating bulldozers, scrapers, motor graders, and other construction and site preparation equipment in a variety of environments.
  • Create proper grade by using hand levels, laser levels, and advanced GPS systems.

Career Focus

  • Prepared for immediate employment, advanced certifications, and further education.

Program Length

  • The heavy equipment operations program is two years in length. Students have the opportunity to obtain industry certification as well as OSHA 10-hour general industry and CPR instruction.
  • Students successfully completing the program have the opportunity to earn free dual enrollment college credit providing all requirements are met.

Heavy Equipment Operator Entry Level Salary Range

  • Hourly: $15.85–$23.93
  • Annual: $32,980–$49,770

*Source - Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment & Wages

Related Career Pathways

  • Architect
  • Backhoe Operator
  • Civil Engineer
  • Concrete Driver
  • Crane Operator
  • Estimator
  • Excavator Operator
  • Forklift Operator
  • Front-End Loader Operator
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Safety Manager