Next Certificate Program Start: 10/4
Next Associate Degree Program Start: Jan 2022
This location was created to help ensure an education for active duty military members and veterans interested in learning the skilled trade of heavy equipment operation. HEC has been named an approved testing site by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO). You can enroll in our programs with confidence and rest assured knowing we will strive to provide you with one of the best educations around.
Our Washington location is one of four locations across the nation. The others include:
We believe in ensuring that our students are well prepared for their future careers, and that includes hands-on experience as well as textbook education. To that end, our program is a mix between practical application and classroom discussion that promotes a deep comprehension of the subject matter. The program that we are proud to offer to our students at this location is:
Once you’ve finished your classroom and skill training at Heavy Equipment College of America in Washington, you will be ready to apply for many different jobs in construction. This includes:
Interested in learning more about our program? Schedule a visit to our location and see for yourself the kind of learning experience that we have carefully crafted to ensure our students’ success. You can use the map below to help plan out the most efficient route from your home. For even more information or for clarification about how to find our location, contact us today! Our admissions team is always happy to help answer your questions and provide guidance wherever possible.
Heavy Equipment Colleges of America – Washington
4701 McChord Drive SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
The DoD SkillBridge program is an opportunity for Service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships, or internships during the last 180 days of service. SkillBridge connects Service members with industry partners in real-world job experiences.
CALIFORNIA LOCATION ONLY: Heavy Equipment College of America is a private institution approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Approval to operate means the institution is compliant with the minimum standards contained in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Division 7.5 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. (https://www.bppe.ca.gov/). Access all Catalogs, Student Performance Fact Sheets and Brochures here.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is the government agency responsible for determining eligibility for VA education benefits and for authorizing payment for the benefits. If you have questions about the available benefits or your eligibility, please contact our admissions office at 888- 709-5007. You may also visit https://www.gibill.va.gov to learn more about the available benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Heavy Equipment Colleges of America cannot guarantee employment or career advancement or any particular earnings or salary.
OKLAHOMA LOCATION ONLY: Heavy Equipment Colleges of America has a Certificate of Approval from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The school’s programs are approved by TWC. Students must address their concerns about this school of any of its educational programs by following the grievance process outlined in the school’s catalog. Students dissatisfied with the school’s response to their complaint or who are not able to file a complaint with the school, can file a formal complaint with TWC, as well as with other relevant agencies or accreditors, if applicable. Information on filing a complaint with TWC can be found on TWC’s website at www.texasworkforce.org/careerschoolstudents.
Heavy Equipment Colleges of America endorses the national certification program offered by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) and provides training to prepare candidates for CCO examinations.
*SkillBridge prepares service members for civilian employment through first-class apprenticeships, on-the-job training, job shadowing, internships and employment skills training. Service members are eligible to participate in a SkillBridge up to 180 days prior to separation. To be considered for an open seat in a SkillBridge you must contact the POC at the installation where you want to attend a SkillBridge and submit your commander authorized/signed participation memo in advance of the start date.
WIOA/TAA funded training may be provided only to individuals who qualify for the program and not only if funds are available.