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For those looking for a job outside the norms of a 9 to 5, switching careers, or veterans transitioning to civilian life, HEC has provided training that specializes in preparing students for careers in skilled trades.

Established in 2006 with the goal to help students succeed, HEC offers programs across the country that prepare students for careers in heavy equipment and crane operation.

Programs Offered at HEC

The various programs at HEC provide a foundation for students to add more advanced skills and education. These programs blend practical and textbook knowledge with instructors who strive to help students reach their potential.

  1. Certificate of Heavy Equipment Operations – Level I
    This program covers the basics of heavy equipment operation. It offers the foundation for all other courses to follow, and what careers are built upon. The objectives of Level 1 are to provide the fundamental skills and knowledge applicable to wheel loader, backhoe, and skid steer. To prepare the student for employment in the excavation industry as an entry level operator.
  2. Certificate of Heavy Equipment Operations – Level II
    Level II builds upon the foundation provided in Level I, while also exploring more advanced heavy equipment operation skills. Once students complete this course and Level I, they are qualified to take the Adaptable Equipment Proficiency Testing (ADEPT) exam, a nationally recognized heavy equipment operations certification that is valued by employers. The objective of this program is to provide the advanced skills and knowledge applicable to wheel loader, loader/backhoe, bulldozer, skid steer and excavator operating and to obtain employment in the excavation industry as an entry-level operator.
  3. Certificate of Heavy Equipment Operations – Mobile Crane
    In this course, students discover the fundamentals of crane operations by combining practical experience with textbook knowledge. Topics range from various cabs like swing or fixed-cab hydraulic cranes to crane setup and load dynamics.
  4. Certificate of Heavy Equipment Operations – Lattice Boom Crawler Crane
    This in-depth course covers the fundamentals of operating lattice boom crawler cranes. Topics covered include crane setup, lift planning, load dynamics, rigging, and signaling. The objective of this program is to provide the fundamental skills and knowledge applicable to lattice boom crawler crane operation and to obtain employment in the field as a lattice boom crawler crane
    operator.
    Pre-requisites required: Certificate of Heavy Equipment Operations – Mobile Crane
  5. Associate of Occupational Science in Heavy Equipment (AOS)
    In this course, students will learn how to land a job in heavy equipment operation, in addition to how to keep one. The AOS program is taught in a hybrid format both online and in-person.

Why Choose Heavy Equipment Training?

Whether you are a heavy equipment novice or an experienced operator looking to advance your career, completing a heavy equipment training program offers a number of important professional benefits. Here’s a look at five of the biggest:
2022 Guide

Find Your HEC Location

HEC educates students from coast to coast. The goal at every location is to help students start their new careers by providing them with the knowledge, skills, and credentials needed to succeed.

California
Our location in sunny San Bernardino teaches students about the industry through different programs that develop entry-level skills needed to find jobs.
Programs offered:

  • Certificate of Heavy Equipment Operations – Level I
  • Certificate of Heavy Equipment Operations – Level II
  • Certificate of Heavy Equipment Operations – Mobile Crane

This location is an approved testing site by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO).

Washington
In picturesque Lakewood, Washington, active-duty military and veterans alike receive an education built to last. Open only for DoD SkillBrige and veterans only, HEC provides valuable industry training and civilian work experience from industry partners.

Program offered:

  • Certificate of Heavy Equipment Operations – Mobile Crane

This location is an approved testing site by the NCCCO.

Oklahoma

Located in the heart of Oklahoma City, HEC trains students to break into the heavy equipment industry.

Programs offered:

  • Certificate of Heavy Equipment Operations – Mobile Crane
  • Certificate of Heavy Equipment Operations – Level I
  • Certificate of Heavy Equipment Operations – Level I & II
  • Certificate of Heavy Equipment Operations – Lattice Boom Crawler Crane
  • Associate of Occupational Science in Heavy Equipment (AOS)

Georgia

Just east of Atlanta, our Georgia location in Stonecrest provides a hub for those on the east coast to learn and grow their careers.

Programs offered:

  • Certificate of Heavy Equipment Operations – Level I
  • Certificate of Heavy Equipment Operations – Level II
  • Certificate of Heavy Equipment Operations – Mobile Crane
  • Certificate of Heavy Equipment Operations – Lattice Boom Crawler Crane
  • Certificate of Fixed Cab Crane Operation with Rigging and Signaling
  • Associate of Occupational Science in Heavy Equipment (AOS)

This location is an approved testing site by the NCCCO.

Training and Benefits

At the center of everything HEC does is our students. The training you will receive prepares you with skills, knowledge, and the credentials necessary to forge your path in the heavy equipment industry.

Experienced Instructors
Our experienced instructors are professionals in their fields and expertly equipped to educate. HEC offers the best of both worlds with in-classroom learning and practical textbook knowledge. Our programs can be completed at an accelerated pace, getting you ready for the workforce in as little as three weeks.

Affordable Education
Financing should never be a burden on anyone looking to grow their career. At HEC, get the training you need at a price you can afford. Through loans, state and federal grants, and if you’re a veteran, you may be eligible for educational benefits through the VA.

Career Services
The career services provided at HEC help ease the transition from training to job placement. We offer assistance in resume-building, mock interviews, and offer an online job board to help all students navigate the job placement process.

Students who have trained with HEC have gone on to start their careers in a variety of jobs, including:

  • Safety operations
  • Construction (residential, commercial, roads)
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Heavy equipment and crane operation
  • Site preparation and management
  • Mining, oil, and gas
  • Trenching and excavation
  • Waste and recycling operations
  • Underground and utility operations
Get Enrolled

Starting a new chapter in your life can be exhilarating and daunting but HEC is here to help you every step of the way. We are ready to help build you into the person you want to be. Contact us at (866) 580-5717 or request more information here.

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OKLAHOMA LOCATION ONLY: This school has a Certificate of Approval from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The TWC-assigned school number is: S2698 . The school’s programs are approved by TWC, as well as Accrediting Commission of Careers Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). 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.

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