Heavy Equipment Operations
Heavy Equipment Operations covers the foundational skills of safety, pre- and post-operation checks, site planning and layout, and a operations for a range of light-duty and heavy equipment.
Heavy Equipment Operations supports multiple unique training pathways and credentials for Utility Tractors, Forklift, Loader, Dozer, Motor Graders, and more.
The three-level Heavy Equipment Operations curriculum is designed to be use flexibly in conjunction with other craft training material. It also complies with the U.S. Department of Labor’s standards for apprenticeship programs.
Module ID 22101: Provides an overview of heavy equipment terminology, operations, operator responsibilities, career opportunities, and basic principles of safety.
Module ID 22102: 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.
Module ID 22103: 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.
Module ID 22104: 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.
Module ID 22105: 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.
Module ID 22201: 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.
Module ID 22106: 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.
Module ID 22107: 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.
Module ID 22206-13: Covers the uses of forklifts on construction sites. Includes instructions for lifting, transporting, and placing various types of loads, as well as safety, operation, and maintenance procedures.
Module ID 22202-13: Covers uses, inspection, startup, shutdown, operator maintenance, and operation of dump trucks used to carry loads on public highways. Includes operation of dump trucks in normal and emergency situations.
Module ID 22207-13: Covers basic math skills required for site excavation work. Includes methods and practice in calculating the areas and volumes of various geometric shapes, as well as formulas and methods used to calculate cut and fill requirements on a job.
Module ID 22209-13: Explains how to read site plans to calculate cut and fill requirements. Provides instruction and practice in interpreting both roadway and construction site drawings used for excavation and grading work.
Module ID 22210-13: Expands on information covered in Level 1 in relation to setting and interpreting grade stakes. Also provides information and instructions on controlling surface water and ground water on a job site, as well as the layout of foundations and laying of pipe.
Module ID 22308-13: Describes soil classification systems and explains how shrink and swell factors affect equipment selection. Discusses how soil conditions affect equipment performance and explains techniques for working with various types of soils.
Module ID 22212-13: Describes the many uses of skid steers and the attachments available for these machines. Covers safety practices, as well as inspection, startup, shutdown, and operation of skid steers.
Module ID 22205-13: Covers the uses of wheel and track loaders, as well as operator maintenance, loader safety, and operating procedures. Includes procedures for using loaders in excavation, grading, and demolition work.
Module ID 22204-13: Describes the types of scrapers used in site preparation, as well as the safe practices associated with the operation of scrapers. Covers operator inspection and maintenance requirements, along with startup, shutdown, and operating techniques.
Module ID 22307-14: Provides training on common types of equipment and instruments used for finish grading; materials and methods used to stabilize soils and control soil erosion; and finishing and grading methods used for various applications.
Module ID 22203-14: Provides training on common types of compaction equipment; the primary instruments, controls, and attachments of a roller; safety guidelines associated with compaction equipment; and prestart inspections, preventive maintenance, and proper operating procedures. Presents factors involved in work activities associated with a roller.
Module ID 22303-14: Identifies and describes the common uses, types, components, instruments, controls, and attachments of backhoes. Presents safety guidelines, prestart inspection procedures, and preventive maintenance requirements. Describes basic startup and operation, and covers common work activities associated with backhoes.
Module ID 22310-14: Identifies and describes the common types, uses, and components of off-road dump trucks. Presents safety guidelines, prestart inspection procedures, and preventive maintenance requirements. Covers basic startup, driving maneuvers, loading, and dumping procedures for off-road dump trucks.
Module ID 22302-14: Identifies and describes the common uses, types, and components of dozers. Presents safety guidelines, prestart inspection procedures, and preventive maintenance requirements. Describes basic startup and operation, and covers common work activities associated with dozers.
Module ID 22304-14: Identifies and describes the common types, uses, and components of excavators. Presents safety guidelines, prestart inspection procedures, and preventive maintenance requirements. Describes basic startup and operation, and covers common work activities associated with excavators.
Module ID 22305-14: Identifies and describes the common uses and types of motor graders. Presents safety guidelines, prestart inspection procedures, and preventive maintenance requirements. Describes basic startup and operation, and covers common work activities associated with motor graders.
Contributing Subject Matter Experts
Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are a vital part of NCCER’s Curriculum development process. SMEs are construction and maintenance professionals who have journey-level experience and have experience teaching their trades to others.
Dan Nickel, Carolina Bridge Company, Inc.
Daniel (Dan) J. Tucker
Jon Goodney, John Deere
Joseph Watts, Southland Safety, LLC
Larry “Cowboy” Proemsey, Cowboyscranes.com
Mark Jones, Charah
Paul James, Bridgerland Applied Technology College
Robert Lodge, Turner Industries Group, LLC
Roger Arnett, Caterpillar, Inc.
Scott Fairchild, Performance Contractors, Incorporated
William C. Fuller III, ABC Greater Houston, Inc.
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