Construction Equipment Operator

A woman wearing a bright colored vest operates a large piece of construction equipment in a field.

Construction Equipment Operator

Subject Area: STEM, Advanced Manufacturing and Construction

Award: Career Pathway Certificate

Location: Calmar, Peosta

Description

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:

Program Requirements
CourseHours
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 can immediately enter the workforce or transfer 1.5 credits into the Northeast Iowa Community College Carpentry program. A Northeast Iowa Community College success coach is available to guide graduates through the job seeking process.

Enrollment Requirements

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.

Career Pathway

Graduates of this Career Pathway Certificate program can immediately enter the workforce or transfer 1.5 credits into the Northeast Iowa Community College Carpentry program. A Northeast Iowa Community College success coach is available to guide graduates through the job seeking process.

Employment Information

The annual income range for Construction Equipment Operator Career Pathway Certificate (CPC) graduates is $29,802 - $42,199.

Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2016-2020.

Local Employment

Employment of graduates has been local with no moves required.

Contacts

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