Heavy Equipment Operator

Get training for an exciting career in construction using the latest in virtual reality technology

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Learn more about the program below. Class meets April 26-July 21, 2022.

Effective Training

Classes in our Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) curriculum are designed to quickly prepare you for entry-level jobs, giving you the skills you need in a hands-on setting.

Completion of courses in the HEO program can bring benefits, including potential job interviews and special qualifications based on your training.

Experience is Not Required

You don’t have to have a special driver’s license or previous construction experience to enroll in our Heavy Equipment Operator classes. You can be someone looking for a job, or maybe want to change careers or enhance your skills. The important thing is that you have an interest and desire to learn.

The GEER Scholarship

Classes in HEO are covered by the GEER Scholarship at WPCC.

I started this class without much experience operating equipment. It really helped my performance along with being more confident and efficient. I now understand the proper ways to do certain tasks and can perform them safely. I would highly recommend this class to anyone new or interested in getting into the field.

Shawn Haught
City of Hickory

Upcoming Classes

Medium Hydraulic Excavator

Foothills Higher Education Center
April 26-July 21, 2022

Tuesdays & Thursdays with 7 Wednesday Sessions
4:30-7:30 p.m.
SECTION NUMBER: 66820 (copy this number to use when registering)

The Medium Hydraulic Excavator is a fast-track program covering 13 weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This program also includes 7 meetings on Wednesdays for open training on the CAT-Simulator, giving you the chance to practice working on equipment in our virtual trainer.

We will focus on these topics; jobsite safety, control familiarization, reduction in accidents, reduction in loss time in machine operation, and reduce risk of injuries.

We have partnered with construction companies and municipalities for the program. These partnerships will give you an opportunity for a job interview once the program is complete.


Contact Us

Have a question or need more information? Reach out to us!


Terry Adams, Instructor