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The Equipment Skills

The equipment skills of a Heavy Equipment Operating Engineer are those skills that apply to what we call “Yellow” or “Horizontal” equipment. That equipment includes, but is not limited to, all Dozers, Backhoes, Excavators, Wheel Loaders, Skid Steers, Skip Loader Graders, the 140M CAT Road Grader, and everything else used in dirt work. They do not include cranes or truck driving – semi trucks.

As a Heavy Equipment Operating Engineer, you will be expected to take on any piece of equipment the contractor may own or rent for a job. You will be expected to, within a short period of time (usually a half a day or less), become productive with that piece of equipment. Being productive with it means operating it within the Industry Standards.

We will train and certify you here at Deep Creek Construction School on 10 different pieces of equipment. You will become certified to industry standards on each piece. When you graduate you will have the skills to be able to operate them all. And, we will video your equipment skills and you will put them up on your YouTube channel so everyone can see that you have them.


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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.