Heavy Equipment Operations | SCC

Heavy Equipment Operations

heavy equipment parked in front of a sunset

Get the hands-on skills and expert training needed by heavy equipment operators for jobs in the construction and highway industries.

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*Please use this link to apply for the Heavy Equipment Operations program and not the SCC admission application!

What is Heavy Equipment Operations?

Have you ever considered learning to operate heavy equipment? If so, this program is for you! Upon successful completion of this 15-week training program students will be able to operate a bulldozer, mini excavator, skid steer, and a backhoe.

What are my career options?

A growing need for heavy equipment operators creates opportunities for the trained operator. Due to shortage of heavy equipment operators and the growing technology, heavy equipment operation is an in-demand field. Use your training from this program to become a certified operator for the following:

  • Bulldozer operator
  • Mini-Excavator operator
  • Skid Steer operator
  • Backhoe operator

How Do I apply?

Submit your Workforce Solutions application. Please use this link to apply and NOT the SCC admission application!

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Contact us with any questions at (606) 451-6692.

Entry Requirements

In order to qualify for enrollment in an available course, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Pass a 5-panel Drug Screen (within 30 days of class)

Course Cost


Students are responsible for the following, tuition does NOT cover:

  • Proper attire
    • Long pants/Jeans
    • Working Boots (steel toe preferred)

See Funding Opportunities.

Course Schedule

Program Length: 15-weeks

Days: Monday–Thursday

Time: 7:30am–4:30pm

Upcoming Courses
Start Date End Date
October 2, 2023 February 2, 2024

More Information

This program does not require the submission of transcripts, test scores, or a diploma of any kind. However, if you do not have a high school diploma or GED at the time of graduating from this program, you may experience difficulty in finding employment. We strongly encourage students who did not complete high school to obtain their GED. Please call us at 606-451-6692 if you have questions about obtaining your GED!
  • NCCER Level I Certification
  • OSHA 10 Certification
  • Forklift Operator Certification
  • CPR/First Aid Training
  • Flagger Training

Students are not eligible for financial aid but may qualify for third-party funding or loans.


Available for dislocated workers, low income, and youth students. 

This is through your local Kentucky Career Center. Please visit Kentucky Career Center Locations to find your local case manager. If you do not have a local one, you can contact the one nearest to you, or the Pulaski County office.

Kentucky Farmworker Programs

Funding available for students with prior or current employment in an agricultural job recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Please call 1-800-950-3276 for more information!

Center for Rural Development

Small scholarships available.

Funding is available on a case by case basis. You may be eligible for additional funds if you have been impacted by the decline of coal from specific counties. 

Please call 606-677-6000 for more information!

Career Training Student Loan

Search online for student loan lending companies. If you choose to go this route, please let us know ahead of time! Please note that you CANNOT get loans from the FAFSA for this program.

Program Contact

Amber Craft

Administrative Assistant

(606) 451-6692


Program Contact

Ben Fouts

Project Manager

(606) 451-6786