Continuing Education


Corporate Training and
Economic Development
, ext. 1236 (within SC)

Heavy Equipment Operator

In this short-term training program, students will obtain the skills required to safely operate heavy equipment. Heavy equipment operators not only work on regular construction building jobs, but also on infrastructure projects like roads, bridges and ports, as well as land development. A trained and experienced equipment operator provides necessary skills for any project that requires moving and transporting heavy materials or demands any kind of earth moving. In this program, students will learn to safely operate four major pieces of heavy equipment.

To register, call 803.535-1236.

Certification Type

NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research)

  • Core Curriculum
  • Orientation to the Trade
  • Heavy Equipment Safety
  • Identification of Heavy Equipment
  • Basic Operational Techniques
  • Utility Tractors
  • Introduction to Earth Moving
  • Loader, Backhoe, Dozer and Excavator

Additional Certifications

  • CPR/First Aid/OSHA 10-Hour for the Construction Industry

Course Length

5-6 weeks, 40 hours per week. Total 200-240 hours

Business Partnerships

  • Local construction companies
  • Materials/supplies

Course Requirements

  • Must be 18 years or older and possess a valid driver’s license. Drug screens are required.
  • Hard hats, ear plugs, reflective vests, safety glasses, gloves and textbooks are provided for each student.


  • $8,699.00
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