UACCM Offering Heavy Equipment Operator Training

 man in construction gear stands in front of heavy equipment

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton’s Workforce Training and Community Education department is taking applications for a new heavy equipment operator training program, which allows students to earn nationally recognized credentials through the National Center for Construction Education and Research.

Participants can earn up to three levels of training, with each level progressing to more advanced equipment and techniques. Classes are split between classroom instruction and field training. Classroom meetings take place in the evenings during four hours a week. Hands-on training in the field occurs on one Friday a month, with the site varying on the availability of land.

Training throughout the three levels include utility tractors, backhoes, terrain forklifts, loaders, dozers, excavators, dump trucks, and other heavy equipment. Methods and techniques such as interpreting civil drawings, site work, and safety will also be discussed. Each level occurs over 14-16 weeks.

This program will be set very similar to an apprenticeship program and will need the support of the employer to allow for class time and hands-on training. Cost of the program is $1700. A person may participate on their own if they are not currently employed but would like to gain the skill to be employed in the field. Students must be 18 years of age to enroll. 

Contact Information

To register for classes or get more information, contact Jessica Rohlman at 501-977-2189 or email at workforce@uaccm.edu, or visit the department’s web page at www.uaccm.edu/heavy_equipment_training.

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