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Which Schools Offer Heavy Equipment Training in Florida?

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

Florida has a few programs available to students who are interested in operating heavy equipment. This article discusses a few schools where you can do an apprenticeship or a certificate program.

What You Need to Know

Persons interested in operating heavy equipment in the State of Florida are not legally required to complete a formal education in the field. However, for those desiring to train prior to employment, a number of certificate programs are available in the state, in addition to at least one apprenticeship program. Applicants to such programs may be required to provide copies of their driver's licenses, birth certificates, and/or social security cards to schools. Basic education tests are also often part of the application process.

Heavy Equipment Apprenticeship in Florida

Mid Florida Tech in Orlando

This program combines hands-on training and classroom lectures and should prepare you to become a journeyman upon completion. In your first year, you study to become a heavy equipment maintenance technician. You then learn to be a tractor operator in your second year. Lastly, you take instruction in off-road equipment operation and crane operation in your third and fourth years.

  • Program Name: Heavy equipment operation apprenticeship
  • Program Length: Four years full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $2,234 per year (2018-2019)
  • Admission Requirements: Have driver's license for Florida; be 18 years old; have birth certificate, social security card and two recommendation letters; and meet basic skills requirements
  • School Type: 2-year, public, about 2,388 students (all undergraduates)

Heavy Equipment Certificate Programs in Florida

Florida State College at Jacksonville

This 1,800-hour certificate program includes hands-on lab experiences and classroom instruction. Courses include hydraulic systems for heavy and medium trucks, diesel drivetrains and transmissions, diesel brakes systems, diesel electronics and preventative maintenance for a diesel engine. This certificate program trains you to become a service technician.

  • Program Name: Medium and Heavy Duty Truck and Bus Technician (Diesel Technology) Workforce Certificate
  • Program Length: Fifteen months full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $2,878 per year in-state resident; $9,992 per year out-of-state resident (2018-2019)
  • Admission Requirements: Driving record, assessment test for basic education and assessment test mechanic aptitude
  • School Type: 4-year, public, about 23,413 students (all undergraduates)

Immokalee Technical College

In this program, you should gain the knowledge and skills needed to repair, diagnose and maintain heavy equipment systems. You will learn how to use web-based service software. In addition, you receive training in creating service reports and ordering parts. You may choose an area of focus such as electronics, engine rebuild, hydraulic system operation or transmissions.

  • Program Name: Heavy Equipment Mechanics Certificate
  • Program Length: Four semesters full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $5,296 per year (2018-2019)
  • Admission Requirements: Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE), Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test, liability insurance and interview
  • School Type: 2-year, public, about 359 students (all undergraduates)

Palm Beach State College

After completing this program, you may seek a job as a mechanic fixing diesel, truck and bus engines, mobile heavy or construction equipment or industrial trucks. For this program, which doesn't require a GED or high school diploma, you take courses in heavy equipment drive train systems and hydraulic systems. You also learn about diesel suspension and steering, heating and air conditioning, brake systems and engine systems.

  • Program Name: Heavy Equipment Mechanic Postsecondary Adult Vocational (PSAV) Certificate
  • Program Length: Approximately 18 months taken in the evening
  • Tuition and Fees: $2,444 per year resident; $8,732 per year non-resident (2018-2019)
  • School Type: 4-year, public, about 31,816 students (all undergraduates)

To summarize, this article presents four schools offering heavy equipment programs - Mid Florida Tech in Orlando where you can do an apprenticeship or Florida State College at Jacksonville, Immokalee Technical College, and Palm Beach State College where you can complete a certificate program.