Construction Equipment Operator

Construction Technology

Students will be prepared to safely, efficiently and professionally operate construction equipment used in a variety of construction sites including residential and commercial building, road construction, maintenance and utility installation and repair. The program includes a comprehensive core track that teaches job readiness and teamwork skills, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) construction safety principles and American Heart Association CPR/ First Aid. Through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on lab experiences, students will be introduced to equipment applications, sustainability practices, powertrain, hydraulic and electrical system inspections, flagger skills and operation of a forklift, skid steer and mini-excavator. Upon successful completion of the program, students may pursue optional certifications, additional education or seek immediate entry-level employment as an equipment operator.

Award: Career Pathway Certificate
Credits: Noncredit
Locations: Calmar, Peosta

Paying for the Program


You may qualify to earn a Career Pathway Certificate at no cost if you meet all eligibility requirements.

Career Outlook

$22,331 - 74,109

Estimated annual salary range for Construction Technology graduates based on EMSI. Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations ​within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses.

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  • Attend an information session. Find upcoming events and register on the CPC Information Session page.
  • Register and pay tuition now for the next class offering or Apply for Tuition Assistance
  • For Tuition Assistance contact NICC Business and Community Solutions to complete the following:
    • Tuition Assistance Program Application
    • National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC) Assessment
    • Interview with NICC staff
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CPR/First Aid
Conflict Resolution
OSHA 10-hour Construction
Basic Construction Skills
Basic Equipment Operator Lab
Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL) - Optional
Total Hours: 90 - 170 hours

Graduates of this Career Pathway Certificate program may enter the workforce or transfer course credit into the Carpentry program. For a listing of courses and how they transfer, visit the transfer webpage and select "Credit for NICC non-credit coursework."

Jordan O'Connell

Jordan O'Connell
Success Model Coordinator

  • Email:
  • Phone: 888.642.2338, ext. 137
  • Location: Dubuque
Josh Shimak

Joshua Shimak
Career Learning Link and Mentoring Coach

  • Email:
  • Phone: 800.728.2256, ext. 307
  • Location: Calmar