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Associate of Occupational Science in Heavy Equipment


The Associate of Occupational Science in Heavy Equipment (AOS) goes beyond showing you how to get a heavy equipment job—it shows you how to keep one. 

This degree is for those looking for personal growth in their construction career. This program will help you go from entry-level operator to long-term employee and contributor. The AOS degree offered by Heavy Equipment Colleges of America (HEC) opens the door to making a career transition, learning advanced industry skills, or solidifying current employment. This program includes heavy equipment courses as well as college-level general education courses.

Expert Knowledge

Our instructors are all industry experts that come equipped with the knowledge you need to advance your career. They’ve been in your shoes before and know what information you need to succeed. 

Online Training

Our program offers hybrid courses, so you can learn from wherever you are! Classes also take place conveniently after usual working hours and before typical night shift hours. 

Career Advancement

When you complete your AOS degree, you’ll have something that employers will be looking for: the skills to be in an advanced position in their company. 

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the field of heavy equipment operation will grow as much as 10 percent from 2014 to 2024. And with so many positions available, you’ll want to make sure you get into one that can launch a successful career in construction. That’s why the AOS degree and the skills it teaches you are important. This degree will give you an edge in the career competition by equipping you with skills that employers are directly looking for. 

Curriculum & Faculty

Our instructors have the best of both worlds: a passion for the heavy equipment industry and the experience to teach about it.—so that you acquire the skills you need to become successful. The AOS degree program sets HEC apart from other training  institutions, and our students directly benefit from that. 

Degree Courses Include:

This degree consists of four semesters, with each semester being 15 weeks long. 

Take your construction career to the next level.

If you are interested in personal growth in your career and roles of increasing responsibility, the AOS degree is designed just for you. It will help you progress into expanded opportunities while providing more value to your employer and better means of support for yourself and your family.

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