Heavy Equipment Operations

The Heavy Equipment Operations Program is designed to provide students with the theory and hands-on skills relevant to the fundamentals of operation and preventive maintenance of various types of heavy equipment. Specialized classroom and lab experiences are designed to provide instruction in operation and preventive maintenance of mobile machinery used by heavy equipment operators.

Included in the course of study is an introduction to the diverse job opportunities available to heavy equipment operators. Instruction begins with job site safety, equipment rigging, and other fundamentals before advancing to activities like building a pad and backfilling a trench.

Students will be instructed in the proper use of equipment, basic maintenance of the machines, and will receive field practice in earth moving, site-preparation, construction site layout, excavation, and backfilling of building sites. Heavy Equipment Operators are employed in a variety of occupations in the construction industry, road construction, and mining.

Exercises on virtual equipment simulators are followed by practice with the real thing on an outdoor training course. Students gain real-world experience by applying the knowledge learned at an off-campus quarry site, under the supervision of an instructor.

Class schedules to be determined.

Call 610-743-7630 for more information


Industry Certifications:

  • OSHA/CareerSafe 10-hour Certification
  • Flagger Certification


Required/Optional Items
Purchased through

Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

Required Safety Gear

Charcoal Heavy Equipment Crewneck Sweatshirt with BCTC Logo

Short Sleeve Tee Shirt with BCTC Logo


REQUIRED:                            Class 2 Two Tone High Visibility Mesh Vest

One Pair Sturdy Work Gloves




REQUIRED:  Sturdy Work Boot





Safety glasses with side shields provided by BCTC.

Hard Hat provided by BCTC




First Year Students
Heavy Equipment Operations Level 1 Trainee Guide – ( 3rd Edition) by NCCER

ISBN #: 978-0-13-663897-1


Second Year Students
Heavy Equipment Operations Level 2 Trainee Guide (3rd Edition) – by NCCER

ISBN #: 978-0-13-340251-3


Third Year Students
Heavy Equipment Operations Level 3 Trainee Guide (3rd Edition) – by NCCER

ISBN #: 978-0-13-340256-8

Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment

Quantity Needed Level 1, 2, or 3 Approximate Cost Suggested Vendor
Footwear Requirement: Sturdy Work Boots 1 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any store
Work Gloves 1 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any store
Safety Glasses 1 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 BCTC supplies 1 pair of non-prescription glasses Any store
Hard Hat 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 BCTC will provide for the first year Any store
25′ Tape Measure Engineer’s Scale 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any store
6′ Folding Rule Engineer’s Scale 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any store

*BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses and one hard hat. BCTC will pay for one OSHA/CareerSafe 10-hour Certification and one Flagger Certification testing fee (first time only).  Additional safety glasses, hard hat and testing fees (if required) must be paid by the student.


ACE Heavy Equipment Operations

Program Entrance Recommendations:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Problem-solving/ troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Mechanical aptitude

Career Pathways:

  • Paving, Surfacing and Tamping Equipment Operators
  • Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
  • Highway Maintenance Workers