Construction Equipment Operator
Construction Equipment Operator
Subject Area: Construction Technology
Award: Career Pathway Certificate
Location: Calmar, Peosta
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.
This program will be delivered and assessed in the order listed below:
|Core Construction Skills||34 hours|
|Basic Equipment Operator Lab||40 hours|
|Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL) - Optional||80 hours|
|Total Hours||74 - 154 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 and select "Credit for NICC non-credit coursework."
It is easy to apply to the Construction Equipment Operator Career Pathway Certificate program! Simply follow the steps below to complete the application and assessment process.
Step 1: Attend a Construction Trades Career Event
Register to attend a Construction Trades Career Event. You will learn about in-demand careers in construction, earning potential and local employment and training options to get started in your career. Some events include networking sessions with industry leaders.
If you plan to enroll in a Career Pathway Certificate, attendance at a Construction Trades Career Event is mandatory. Register for a Career Event online.
Step 2: Application and Assessment
There is no fee to apply, and applications are available at a Construction Trades Career Event. Applicants to this program are required to complete an admission assessment, the National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC). Assessment is offered at Iowa Workforce Development Offices in Dubuque and Decorah. Please bring your application to the assessment.
Step 3: Interview
Interview with business and program team leaders for acceptance to the Career Pathway Certificate program.
You may qualify to earn a Career Pathway Certificate at no cost if you meet all eligibility requirements.
With an annual income range of $30,340 - $41,401 and a projected growth of 5.3%, the career outlook for Construction Equipment Operator Career Pathway Certificate (CPC) graduates is growing.
Source: 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. Growth rate based on projections from 2017-2021.
Future Ready Iowa is an initiative led by the governor to build Iowa’s talent pipeline by meeting the goal of 70 percent of all Iowans to have a two- or four-year college degree, industry recognized certificate or other credential that meets employer need by 2025. Northeast Iowa Community College has the programs necessary to meet this goal.
Employment of graduates has been local with no moves required.
Town Clock Business Center
680 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001
563.557.8271, ext. 380
Wilder Business Center, Calmar Campus
1625 Highway 150 South, Calmar, IA 52132
800.728.2256, ext. 399