Which Schools in Colorado Have Heavy Equipment Training Programs?

Find schools in Colorado offering heavy equipment training. Learn about education/training requirements, program information, schools and costs for aspiring heavy equipment operators in Colorado. Schools offering Heavy Equipment degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Many programs related to heavy equipment operation offered in Colorado include areas of concentration in diesel mechanics or maintenance. You can find programs, both degree and non-degree, in Colorado that can help you meet your career and educational goals.

What You Need to Know

Beginning and advanced certificates are available for heavy equipment training. In addition, you could also obtain needed training through an associate's degree program or an apprenticeship.

Beginning certificates are usually offered by technical and community colleges, and they could take about a year or so of full-time study to complete. The advanced certificates also take about a year of study, and they build on prior programs you might have completed.

Associate's degree programs require about two years of study and include general education classes. An apprenticeship takes about three years to complete, and you'll be paid while learning skills on the job.

Colorado Schools with Heavy Equipment Training Certificate Programs

Pickens Technical College

The medium and heavy trucks diesel mechanics certificate program consists of 6 individual classes related to heavy/medium trucks - each resulting in certificates of completion. The areas of study include brakes, steering and suspension, preventative maintenance, electronics and computers, diesel engines and diesel mechanics. You also have a choice of completing a special topics class or an internship. Upon completion of each class, you'll receive a certificate; completion of all 6 classes results in the medium and heavy trucks/diesel mechanics certificate.

  • Program Name: Medium and Heavy Trucks/Diesel Mechanics Certificate
  • Program Length: 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time)
  • Tuition and Fees: $2,376 per year for residents; $4,656 per year for non-residents (effective 2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: At least 16 years of age
  • School Type: 2-year, public; around 1,100 students (all undergraduate)

Trinidad State Junior College

As part of its manufacturing technology program, Trinidad State Junior College offers a heavy diesel maintenance certificate program that prepares you for careers servicing and repairing heavy duty diesel equipment. The curriculum includes coursework, lab experiences and an internship working at a business location. You'll learn about fuel injection, diesel engines, hydraulic systems, heavy duty power trains and heavy duty brake systems. By adding general education courses, you can pursue an associate degree in manufacturing technology with an emphasis in heavy equipment diesel maintenance.

  • Program Name: Heavy Equipment Diesel Maintenance Certificate
  • Program Length: 1.5 years
  • Tuition and Fees: $4,530 per year for residents; $7,318 per year for non-residents (effective 2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Proof of current immunizations
  • School Type: 2-year, public; around 1,800 students (all undergraduate)

Colorado Schools with Heavy Equipment Training Associate's Degree Programs

Northeastern Junior College

Northeastern Junior College (NJC) offers diesel technology programs that meet ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) and NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) standards. In addition to coursework, you'll gain hands-on training working on diesel equipment. The program prepares you for a career providing service and maintenance on medium/heavy duty trucks, as well as agricultural and industrial equipment. Course topics include diesel shop maintenance and safety, heavy duty brakes, preventative maintenance, heavy duty steering and suspension, diesel engines and hydraulics. NJC also offers 1- and 2-year certificate programs in diesel technology, as well as a diesel master technician certificate program.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Diesel Technology
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,708 per year for residents; $5,274 per year for non-residents (effective 2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: At least 17 years of age; high school transcripts; proof of required immunizations
  • School Type: 2-year, public; around 1,800 students (all undergraduate)

Colorado Schools With Heavy Equipment Training Advanced Certificate Programs

Northeastern Junior College

The automotive and diesel master technician (ADMT) certificate program is aimed at individuals that have completed courses in the automotive technology associate degree program or the diesel technology associate degree or certificate program. As an ADMT student, you'll focus on courses not specific to your area of interest. For instance, ADMT students that completed auto technology courses will now focus on diesel technology courses.

  • Program Name: Automotive & Diesel Master Technician Certificate
  • Program Length: 1 year
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,708 per year for residents; $5,274 per year for non-residents (effective 2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Must have completed required courses in auto or diesel technology programs
  • Admission Requirements: At least 17 years of age; high school transcripts; proof of required immunizations
  • School Type: 2-year, public; around 1,800 students (all undergraduate)

Colorado School Offering Heavy Equipment Operator Apprenticeship Program

Emily Griffith Technical College

The Emily Griffith Technical College offers a 3-year apprenticeship program for operating engineers, also called heavy machinery operators or technicians. This program trains you to operate and maintain a variety of heavy equipment often used in roadwork or construction, such as cranes, power shovels and bulldozers.

  • Program Name: Operating Engineer Apprenticeship
  • Program Length: 3 years
  • Tuition and Fees: Specific program costs not available
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED certificate
  • Admission Requirements: At least 18 years of age; must have Colorado driver's license and CDL
  • School Type: <2-year, public; around 3,600 students (all undergraduate)

Pickens Technical College and Trinidad State Junior College offer certificate programs in the heavy equipment field focused on diesel equipment; two distinct associate's degree programs can be found at Northeastern Junior College; and Emily Griffith Technical College offers an Operating Engineer Apprenticeship program for those looking to study through intensive field work.

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