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

$3,929*

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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Course
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

In partnership with Greater Dubuque Development Corporation and Opportunity Dubuque, the College will provide child care assistance at no cost to those who qualify while students are in class for this program. Also, full-time employed graduates from this program may qualify for additional child care support for up to 12 months at a licensed or registered child care provider. Child care services are available in the Dubuque and Peosta areas only.

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: oconnellj@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 888.642.2338, ext. 137
  • Location: Dubuque
Josh Shimak

Joshua Shimak
Career Learning Link and Mentoring Coach

  • Email: shimakj@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 800.728.2256, ext. 307
  • Location: Calmar