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    Alexander Storm - West Coast Training Student
    “My favorite part was all the time I had working on the equipment. They make sure every student has their own rig to operate. I’ve gotten to the point where the excavator is like my third arm. I’m pretty proficient now and looking forward to getting a job back home in France. There is a lot of construction going on and plenty of jobs, so this is going to work out well for me.”
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    Heavy Equipment Operator - Excavator


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    The Heavy Equipment Operator Training course well prepares students for professional construction work as Heavy Equipment Operators. Participants receive instruction in the classroom and gain hands-on practical experience, supervised by NCCER Certified Craft Instructors. Each class has no more than 12 students, ensuring personal attention and plenty of time with each piece of heavy construction equipment.

    Because this is a rigorous, full-time course, we recommend that participants devote their full schedule to the training.

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    On-site courses are held 10 hours per day, for 50 hours per week. over an 8 week period for a total of 400 hours of quality instruction- well preparing WCT graduates as entry-level heavy equipment operators.

    Five hours a day, Monday through Thursday, consists of classroom courses, where students will be taught basic civil engineering concepts, workplace safety, applied mathematics, project-layout and basic surveying, including the proper use of laser levels, transits, chain and rod, plumb bobs, and hand-sight levels.

    The remaining five hours will be spent in the field, Monday through Thursday developing the skills needed to operate heavy machinery safely and efficiently – stressing proper operating techniques, and preventative maintenance.

    Fridays are spent in the training field only (no classroom) with hands-on supervised instruction incoordinated excavation team operations. This is where each student’s individual skills gained earlier in the week come together in project-based crew tasks assigned at the appropriate level for the students as they progress. This course prepares graduates for work in heavy construction, surface mining, forestry, industrial, recycling industries.

    Classroom and Hands-on practice is provided for the operation of each major type of equipment. This way, each student receives exposure to all the machinery they are likely to experience in the field.

    WCT is an Accredited Training Unit (ATU) of the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) under the sponsorship of the Construction Industry Training Council of Washington (CITC). WCT proudly provides the necessary coaching and examinations for successful graduates to earn NCCER training credentials during this course. The NCCER Core Curriculum, and Heavy Equipment Operator Levels 1, 2, and 3 are covered in this high intensity 8-week training course.


    During the program, each student will be taught to perform the following related duties:

    • Site Preparation
    • Flagging
    • Grade Checking
    • Operator Preventative Maintenance

    Basic survey work is integrated into most projects, including project layout and cut or fill to sub-grade.


    Each student gets plenty of hands-on time operating each piece of machinery. The low participant-to-instructor ratio ensures that each trainee gets plenty of exposure. Our extensive fleet consists of the following:

    • Backhoes
    • Dozers
    • Graders
    • Excavators
    • Loaders
    • Scrapers
    • Vibratory Compactor
    • Utility Tractor & Trencher

    Those interested in taking any of our courses should contact West Coast Training today!