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Workforce Development
Level One

An effective workplace safety plan includes, instructions and guidelines to identify hazards, how to report them, and how to deal with incidents.

 Construction Site

Safety Orientation

(12.5 Hours)

Presents basic jobsite safety information to prepare workers for the construction environment. Describes the common causes of workplace incidents and accidents and how to avoid them. Introduces common personal protective equipment, including equipment required for work at height, and its proper use. Information related to safety in several specific environments, including welding areas and confined spaces, is also provided. 

Introduction to

Power Tools

(10 Hours) 

General Awareness Training

Support and training from a third party is always beneficial to bring awareness and knowledge to a team for an injury-free workplace.

All participants will receive a Pocket Card and Certificate of Course Completion. 

Introduction to Construction Math

(10 Hours)

Reviews basic math skills related to the construction trades and demonstrates how they apply to the trades. Covers multiple systems of measurement, decimals, fractions, and basic geometry.

Introduction to Construction Drawings (10 Hours)

Introduces the basic terms, components, and symbols of construction drawings, as well as the most common drawing types. Also covers the interpretation and use of drawing dimensions. 

Introduction to

Hand Tools

(10 Hours)

Introduces common hand tools used in a variety of construction crafts. Identifies tools and how to safely use them. Also presents proper hand tool maintenance. 

Introduction to

Basic Rigging

(7.5 Elective Hours) 

Provides basic information related to rigging and rigging hardware, such as slings, rigging hitches, and hoists. Emphasizes safe working habits in the vicinity of rigging operations. 


Communication Skills

(7.5 Hours) 

Provides techniques for effective communication on the job. Includes examples that emphasize the importance of both written and verbal communication skills. Describes the importance of reading skills in the construction industry and discusses effective telephone and email communication skills. 

Heavy Equipment Operator Services Description

Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO)


All 3 levels do not need to be completed at the same time. Upon completion of Level 1, the student will receive an Accredited NCCER Certificate of Completion and build credentials on their NCCER transcript. Levels 2 and 3 are available if a more in-depth training is needed. 

*This course provides hands-on performance training in addition to knowledge training. *

Level 1: 172.5 Total Hours • Includes 72.5 hours of Core, which is a prerequisite for Level 1


Employability Skills
(7.5 Hours) 

Describes the opportunities offered by the construction trades. Discusses critical thinking and essential problem-solving skills. Also identifies and discusses positive social skills and presents information on computer systems and their industry applications.

Orientation to

the Trade

(5 Hours)


Provides an overview of heavy equipment terminology, operations, operator responsibilities, career opportunities, and basic principles of safety. 

Introduction to

Material Handling

(5 Hours)

Describes the hazards associated with handling materials and provides techniques to avoid both injury and property damage. Also introduces common material handling equipment.


Equipment Safety

(10 Hours)

Provides a comprehensive overview of safety requirements on job sites with emphasis on OSHA, MSHA, and NIOSH requirements. Presents basic requirements for personal protection, safe equipment operations and maintenance, and HAZCOM. 

Identification of

Heavy Equipment

(5 Hours)

Instructs trainees in the care and use of the different types of hand and power tools they will use on the job. Gives trainees the information they need to select the appropriate tools for different tasks, and reviews tool maintenance and safety issues.

Introduction to Earthmoving

(12.5 Hours)

Provides a broad introduction to the process of planning and executing earthmoving activities on various types of construction projects. The use of heavy equipment such as bulldozers, scrapers, excavators, and loaders is explained. 

Basic Operational Techniques

(27.5 Hours) 

Covers prestart checks of a machine’s hardware (frame, body panels, tires or tracks, and safety equipment), driveline components, hydraulic system components, electrical components, and controls. Reviews machine safety issues. Explains how to safely start, move, steer, stop, and shut down different types of machines.


Heavy Construction

(15 Hours) 

Introduces the concept of preparing graded surfaces using heavy equipment. Covers identification of construction stakes and interpretation of marks on each type of stake. Describes the process for grading slopes.



(17.5 Hours) 

Covers operation of general utility tractors in the construction industry. Describes duties and responsibilities of the operator, safety rules for operation, the attachment of implements, and basic preventive maintenance practices.

Vertical-Mast Sit-Down Counterbalance Forklifts (7.5 Hours) 

Covers operation of vertical-mast Sit-Down Counterbalance (SDCB) forklifts, commonly known as conventional forklifts. Describes duties and responsibilities of the operator, safety rules for operation, and distinguishing features. Includes operation for both indoor and outdoor environments.

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