Heavy Equipment Operator Program

Program Description

In this hands-on program students will be operating motor graders, scrapers, front end loaders, bull dozers, water trucks, dump trucks, belly dump trucks, backhoes, excavators and other specialized equipment. The equipment in our fleet gives the student a feel for up-to-date equipment and for older equipment still used in the industry.

  • Heavy Equipment Operator A.A.S. Degree
  • Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate

 Career Opportunities

Heavy equipment operators can utilize their skills in a number of industries, including cities, counties, state highway departments, logging, construction, and mining. By obtaining an Associate of Applied Science degree, experienced operators can be on the fast track for a supervisory or managerial role overseeing construction projects.


Frequently asked questions:

1) Why should I get my HEO certification or degree through CAC?

We have two NAU graduate instructors with real life experience and strong connections to companies looking for Operator ready employees. The lab time consists of being on machines in the field practicing and honing skill sets needed on the job.

2) How long will it take to finish the HEO certificate/ degree?

The HEO certificate is currently 30 credits and can be finished in two semesters. The Associate of Applied Science in Heavy Equipment Operation degree is currently 69 credits. Students can finish their HEO degree in approximately two years.

3) How do I know which HEO classes to take?

Students are encouraged to try the HEO 100 Summer class, but otherwise classes start with HEO 121 Heavy Equipment Operations I. James Busch 520-494-5314 is the program advisor and can help you get registered for classes.

4) When do classes start?

There is an introduction/get a feel for operating class available for Summer I, otherwise a student can start classes in the Fall or Spring Semesters.

5) What if I need evening or weekend classes?

We try to accommodate working adults, please contact us about your specific needs.

6) Do I need Operating experience?

You do not need experience. Some students who take HEO 100 Introduction to Heavy Equipment Operations, have an easier time adjusting, but it is not required.

7) How much is tuition?

Currently, the tuition for CAC is $86.00 per credit hour. We recommend that students take 15 credits per semester (Plus the cost of books and operating gear). Students may use Federal Financial Aid and Veterans Educational Assistance to cover cost of books and supplies.

More Information

All classes are taught through the Engineering Technology Division at Signal Peak Campus. You are invited to come by for a tour of our facilities. Please call or email for an appointment.

Louis Teel 520-494-5319 or louis.teel@centralaz.edu