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Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate

Enroll in NYIT's Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate to immerse yourself in a real construction environment with consistent emphasis on recognizing safe conditions and safe acts. You'll learn how to operate machinery and practical applications such as:

  • Trenching
  • Transport rigging
  • Loading and securing cargo
  • Demolition
  • Tree removal
  • Asphalt/concrete removal
  • Blueprint reading
  • Use and applications of a transit (theodolite)

In addition, our 84-hour course curriculum includes a 16-hour safety course as well as daily safety "toolbox" meetings.

Program Structure

Our program has four 21-hour modules, levels 1 through 4, for each piece of equipment—backhoe, excavator, payloader, and bulldozer—that focus on a number of aspects of heavy equipment operations. Each 21-hour module may be taken individually. Our safety course subject matter is comprehensive and tailored to the module subject matter as the course progresses.

The first four-hour safety segment is given prior to the first 17 hours of machine operation and focuses on safe operation of the equipment. The segment also covers Personal Protection Equipment (PPE); Right-To-Know; ANSI; OSHA; Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS); Falling Object Protective Structure (FOPS); internal traffic control plans; and closed, noxious, or explosive environments.

The second four-hour safety segment focuses on 29CFR 1926 OSHA Construction Industry Regulations (mostly Subpart H) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Regulations as related to loading and securing cargo and machines for transport, and working with lifting slings and chains.

The third four-hour safety segment focuses mainly on 29CFR 1926 OSHA Construction Industry Regulations Subpart P and Subpart T related to trenching and demolition. This portion of the class is dependent on weather and therefore may supplant a scheduled topic in the second or fourth modules.

The fourth four-hour safety segment concentrates on safety precautions from 29CFR 1926 OSHA Construction Industry Regulations. We also look at aspects of driving heavy equipment machines on public roadways.

Please call 516.686.7490 for our exclusive Flexible Scheduling option.

Backhoe Levels 1–4

All four levels are conducted in a functioning heavy equipment excavation yard. You must wear safety shoes to enter the premises.

Level 1: Learn to operate a backhoe, including its capabilities and maintenance requirements (i.e., fuel, oils, filters) and how to maneuver the machine around the yard and use its front bucket, stabilizers, and backhoe attachments. Course focuses on the proficiency needed to use the machine, through repetitive motions, in order to move on to the next segment. You must attend a mandatory four-hour safety course and daily "toolbox" meeting.

  • Requisite: Safety shoes
  • Course #CST-036
  • 21 hours

Level 2: Learn various applications of rigging and tie-down for machine or material transport and how to use the backhoe to place materials onto trailers. Course focuses on the proper way to lift, move, place, and stack many shapes, sizes, and densities of materials (i.e., conduit or precast structures). It also covers loading and unloading of these materials onto/from transports. Class is dependent on weather and will not be held in the rain. You must attend a mandatory four-hour safety course and daily "toolbox" meeting.

  • Requisite: Safety shoes
  • Prerequisite: Backhoe Level 1
  • Course #CST-049
  • 21 hours

Level 3: Learn aspects of trenching for the construction of curbs, foundations, and conduit placement, including OSHA safety regulations for digging trenches. Course discusses how to correctly demolish a building and the various techniques in tree removal, as well as techniques associated with asphalt/concrete removal and the use of a material screening plant on job sites. You must attend a mandatory four-hour safety course and daily "toolbox" meeting.

  • Requisite: Safety shoes
  • Prerequisite: Backhoe Level 2
  • Course #CST-050
  • 21 hours

Level 4: Learn and put into practice the use of a backhoe to rescue another machine stuck in the mud or fallen in a trench. Course includes the proper way to drive a backhoe on public roads, how to read construction blueprints, applications in the use of a transit, and heavy machine attachments such as bucket "thumb," 4-in-1 bucket, and extenda-hoe. Course serves as an introduction to rudimentary machine usage helpful for any of our courses. You must attend a mandatory four-hour safety course and daily "toolbox" meeting.

  • Requisite: Safety shoes
  • Prerequisite: Backhoe Level 3
  • Course #CST-051
  • 21 hours

Excavator Levels 1–4

All four levels are conducted in a functioning heavy equipment excavation yard. Many aspects of these classes are dependent on weather and will not be held in the rain. You must wear safety shoes to enter the premises.

Level 1: Learn about the tracked excavator, its capabilities and maintenance requirements (fuel, oils, filters, etc.), and how to maneuver the machine around the yard and use its front bucket. Course focuses on the proficiency needed to use the front bucket, through repetitive motions, in order to move onto the next course segment. You must attend a mandatory four-hour safety course and daily "toolbox" meeting.

  • Requisite: Safety shoes
  • Course #CST-037
  • 21 hours

Level 2: Learn applications of rigging and tie-down for machine or material transport and how to use the excavator to place materials onto trailers. Course covers the proper way to lift, move, place, and stack many shapes, sizes, and densities of materials (conduit or precast structures). You'll learn about loading and unloading these materials onto/from transports. You must attend a mandatory four-hour safety course and daily "toolbox" meeting.

  • Requisite: Safety shoes
  • Prerequisite: Excavator Level 1
  • Course #CST-052
  • 21 hours

Level 3: Learn aspects of trenching for the construction of curbs, foundations, and conduit placement, including various OSHA safety regulations for digging of trenches. Course discusses how to correctly demolish a building and the techniques for tree removal. In addition, you will learn techniques for asphalt/concrete removal and the use of a material screening plant on the job site. You must attend a mandatory four-hour safety course and daily "toolbox" meeting.

  • Requisite: Safety shoes
  • Prerequisite: Excavator Level 2
  • Course #CST-053
  • 21 hours

Level 4: Learn and put in to practice the use of an excavator to rescue another machine stuck in the mud or fallen in a trench. Course includes how to read construction blueprints and applications in the use of a transit. You will combine all of these skills to complete a required class excavation project. Course serves as an introduction to rudimentary machine usage helpful for any one of our courses. You must attend a mandatory four-hour safety course and daily "toolbox" meeting.

  • Requisite: Safety shoes
  • Prerequisite: Excavator Level 3
  • Course #CST-054
  • 21 hours

Front End Loader (Payloader) Levels 1–4

All four levels are conducted in a functioning heavy equipment excavation yard. Many aspects of these classes are dependent on weather and will not be held in the rain. Students must wear safety shoes to enter the premises.

Level 1: Learn to operate the front end loader, its capabilities and maintenance requirements (i.e., fuel, oils, filters), and maneuver the machine around the yard and use its front bucket. Course focuses on the proficiency needed to use the machine, through repetitive motions, in order to move on to the next segment. Students must attend a mandatory four-hour safety course and daily "toolbox" meeting.

  • Requisite: Safety shoes
  • Course #CST-035
  • 21 hours

Level 2: Learn applications of rigging and tie-down for machine or material transport and how to use the front end loader to place materials onto trailers. Course includes the proper way to lift, move, place, and stack many shapes, sizes, and densities of materials (conduit and precast structures) as well as loading and unloading these materials onto/from transports. You must attend a mandatory four-hour safety course and daily "toolbox" meeting.

  • Requisite: Safety shoes
  • Prerequisite: Front End Loader Level 1
  • Course #CST-046
  • 21 hours

Level 3: Learn aspects of trenching for the construction of houses and highways, including various OSHA safety regulations for digging of trenches. Course discusses how to correctly demolish a building and various techniques for tree removal. In addition, you will learn techniques for asphalt/concrete removal and the use of a material screening plant on the job site. You must attend a mandatory four-hour safety course and daily "toolbox" meeting.

  • Requisite: Safety shoes
  • Prerequisite: Front End Loader Level 2
  • Course #CST-047
  • 21 hours

Level 4: Learn and put into practice the use of a front end loader to rescue another machine stuck in the mud or fallen in a trench. Course includes how to read construction blueprints and various applications in the use of a transit. You are required to combine these skills to complete a class excavation project. Course serves as an introduction to rudimentary machine usage helpful for any of our courses. You must attend a mandatory four-hour safety course and daily "toolbox" meeting.

  • Requisite: Safety shoes
  • Prerequisite: Front End Loader Level 3
  • Course #CST-048
  • 21 hours

Bulldozer Levels 1–4

All four levels are conducted in a functioning heavy equipment excavation yard. Many aspects of these classes are dependent on weather and will not be held in the rain. You must wear safety shoes to enter the premises.

Level 1: Learn to operate the bulldozer, including its capabilities and maintenance requirements (i.e., fuel, oils, filters) and how to maneuver the machine around the yard and the rudimentary use of the bulldozer three-way blade. Course focuses on the proficiency needed in the use of this machine, through repetitive motions, in order to move on to the next segment. You must attend a mandatory four-hour safety course and daily "toolbox" meeting.

  • Requisite: Safety shoes
  • Course #CST-034
  • 21 hours

Level 2: Learn various applications of rigging and tie-down for machine or material transport onto trailers and how to use the bulldozer for loading and unloading onto/from transports. Course progresses to usage of the three-way blade. You must attend a mandatory four-hour safety course and daily "toolbox" meeting.

  • Requisite: Safety shoes
  • Prerequisite: Bulldozer Level 1
  • Course #CST-043
  • 21 hours

Level 3: Learn aspects of trenching for the construction of houses and highways, including various OSHA safety regulations for digging of trenches. Course discusses how to correctly demolish a building and the various techniques in tree removal. In addition, you will learn techniques for piling of materials, ascending and descending upon those piles, and the use of a material screening plant on the job site. Students must attend a mandatory four-hour safety course and daily "toolbox" meeting.

  • Requisite: Safety shoes
  • Prerequisite: Bulldozer Level 2
  • Course #CST-044
  • 21 hours

Level 4: Learn and put into practice the use of the bulldozer to rescue another machine stuck in the mud or fallen in a trench. Course includes how to read construction blueprints and various applications in the use of a transit. You will be required to combine these skills to complete a class excavation project. Course serves as an introduction to rudimentary machine usage helpful for any of our courses. You must attend a mandatory four-hour safety course and daily "toolbox" meeting.

  • Requisite: Safety shoes
  • Prerequisite: Bulldozer Level 3
  • Course #CST-045
  • 21 hours