Construction Equipment Operator


Gain the technical skills you need to safely operate heavy equipment used in residential and commercial building, road construction, maintenance, and utility installation and repair. You will receive hands-on training using a forklift, mini excavator, skid steer and other machinery. Earn certifications in forklift, road flagger, CPR/First Aid, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Silica Safety during your program, and develop your job readiness, teamwork and communication skills.

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

Paying for the Program


There are many options available for tuition savings. Contact the Admissions or Financial Aid office for more information.

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

Career Outlook


Estimated annual salary for Construction Equipment Operator graduates represents median annual wage from EMSI's Analyst, Career Coach and Institutional Research data.

Potential Careers

  • Entry-level Construction Equipment Operator

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
    • CASAS Assessment
    • Interview with NICC staff
Enrollment Information Request Information
Course Hours
CPR/First Aid 4
OSHA 10 Construction & Silica Safety 12
Workforce Readiness Skills 8
Basic Construction Skills 32
Basic Equipment Operator Lab 40
Total Hours: 96

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."

Shara Sparrgrove

Shara Sparrgrove, M.B.A.
Program Developer

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  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 3252
  • Location: Town Clock