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Where in Pennsylvania Can I Find Schools that Offer Heavy Equipment Training?

Learn about heavy equipment training in Pennsylvania. Get information about programs available and requirements to make an informed decision about your education.

Heavy equipment training programs can be found at these four schools in Pennsylvania at the non-degree and degree levels. These programs prepare you to operate and work on equipment such as dump trucks, backhoes, cranes, and excavators, among others.

What You Need to Know

In Pennsylvania, technical schools and community colleges tend to offer heavy equipment training programs. Programs can take anywhere from a few months to a four years to complete, depending on the level of training and whether or not an apprenticeship is included. Programs often include hands-on training and may also offer instruction in safety and first aid. Some of the schools offering heavy equipment training are explored in detail below. Please read on to learn more and see if any will work for you.

Heavy Equipment Training Program in Pennsylvania

Schuylkill Technology Center

In this program, you will learn how to use vibrating rollers, dozers, loaders, hydraulic excavators and backhoes. Other topics covered in this program include blueprint reading, piping, trenching, footers, building layouts, laser leveling and site surveying. You also receive ten hours of occupational safety and health administration (OSHA), first aid and CPR training.

  • Program Name: Heavy Equipment Operator Training
  • Program Length: Ten weeks (400 contact hours)
  • Tuition and Fees: $9,525 for the course (2018-2019)
  • School Type: < 2-year, public; about 70 undergraduates

Heavy Equipment Certificate Program in Pennsylvania

Community College of Allegheny County

While enrolled in the heavy equipment operating program at the Community College of Allegheny County, you will take two courses during the 4-year apprenticeship. You may transfer the credits earned in this certificate program into a building construction associate's program. The certificate program concentrates on operating construction heavy equipment, like forklifts, graders, cranes, loaders, excavators and backhoes.

  • Program Name: Heavy Equipment Operating Engineers Apprenticeship Certificate
  • Program Length: Four years
  • Tuition and Fees: $4,315 per year for in-district residents; $7,861 per year for state residents; $11,251 per year for nonresidents (costs as of 2018-2019)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 16,100 undergraduates

Heavy Equipment Diploma Program in Pennsylvania

Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center

The mobile equipment operations technology diploma program will teach you about the theory behind and the operation of earth-moving heavy equipment. Topics covered include backhoes, dump trucks, wheeled loaders, skid loaders, graders, mobile cranes, aerial platforms and track excavators. You learn through hands-on training, observation and lectures.

  • Program Name: Mobile Equipment Operations Technology Diploma
  • Program Length: Six months (800 contact hours)
  • Tuition and Fees: $14,649 for the program (2018-2019)
  • School Type: < 2-year, public; about 200 undergraduates

Heavy Equipment Associate Degree Program in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Completing any concentration with this degree program can prepare you for a position as a heavy equipment operator or technician, dealership technician or sales representative. The technician and caterpillar emphases includes an internship. All three emphases require that you have your own tools with the school providing bigger specialty tools.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Heavy Construction Equipment Technology
  • Field of Study Options: Caterpillar equipment, operator and technician
  • Program Length: Two years
  • Tuition and Fees: $16,740 per year for state residents; $23,880 per year for nonresidents (costs as of 2018-2019)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; about 5,300 undergraduates

You can earn an associate's degree in heavy construction equipment technology at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, a diploma at the Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center, a certificate at the Community College of Allegheny County or training at the Schuylkill Technology Center.