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Skills You Will Learn

Knowledge is not considered a skill here at Deep Creek Construction School. A skill is defined in this school as .

knowledge that is applied through demonstration to satisfactory results.

For example; knowing how to play the piano is easy – just hit the right key(s) at the right time. Having the skill to play is different than knowing how to play.

And so it is in this way that skills are developed here. There are 167 specific skill requirements associated with every operating engineer.


These 167 skills are determined by competent experts in the construction and mining industries. Deep Creek Construction School has an active advisory committee of contractors and mine managers who meet twice a year. Relevant parties are invited. They and others have chosen these skills to be necessary for all who enter the industry, having the expectations that someday they will enter the top of their profession.

  • Safe Working Load – knowing the formulas for and being able to accurately compute the safe working load for rope and wire rope, therefore determining stress.
  • Start-up Procedures – Equipment Inspections (fluids, zerts, fix it list), Control Identification (through manuals and trial) and Equipment Check(hydraulics, electrical, breaks, taming).
  • Shut-down Procedures – Preventative Maintenance (cleaning, looking after and taking care of , reporting), security, safety and clean-up.

Heavy Equipment Operator Training Program

  • Expect home work. There are 167 specific skills that are a must and they are not things you read out of a book.25% of the program is equipment assimilation and 75% is site training.Students will be trained on ten different pieces of equipment, including Dozer, Wheel Loader, Skip Loader/Grader, Backhoe, Excavator, Dump Truck, and Skid Steer.You will operate each piece performing specific tasks. Most students feel this is the most important part.
    The site prep portion of the program consists of proficiency in grade checking, soils, start-up procedures and shutdown procedures, first aid, math, rigging, load and lash, preventative maintenance, safety, and oxyacetylene cutting and more. Most contractors feel this is the most important part.
  • This training program is designed to develop skills and employment opportunities.
  • The skills you will get here are those that are needed in the construction and mining industry.
  • There are over 30,000 mines across the USA and over 72,000 equipment operators in California alone.
  • The training is nine weeks long. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday from 5 pm to 9 pm, and all day on Saturday from 6 am to 5 pm.

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We intend to train and certify you on 10 pieces of heavy equipment, what we refer to as “horizontal” or “yellow” equipment. We also intend to train and certify you in 10 different site skills.