Heavy Equipment
    Quick look
    Target Student: Grades 11 & 12
    Course Length: 2 years
    Credits: Up to 4 per year in CTE
    or a combination of CTE and
    integrated academic credit for
    career and financial management,
    math and science
    Course Syllabus (Click Here)
    Heavy Equipment Operations
    Instructor at Bohlen Center:
    Scott Sellers


    Heavy Equipment (Bohlen Career & Tech Center)

    Training in heavy equipment operation gives you many varied career options. At BOCES, you’ll cross-train on many different pieces of equipment and get practical, hands-on experience on our 100-acre training site. During the winter months, students will have the opportunity to gain experience in basic equipment maintenance and repair by working on the trucks and construction equipment in the BOCES equipment fleet. Other winter activities include plowing and hauling snow as needed on campus. Students can practice driving trucks on the campus road system and have the opportunity to earn their Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) at age 18. When you graduate, you’ll be ready for entry-level employment or further education. This course is also open to adult students. High school students are given first priority for enrollment.


    Sample units of study

    • Safety and controls for backhoes, skid steer loaders, farm tractors, bull dozers, excavators, dump trucks, vibratory rollers, rough terrain telescopic forklifts, etc.
    • Basic surveying using lasers, transits and machine control systems
    • Basic and advanced equipment maintenance
    • Performance testing
    • Service department operations

    Career opportunities

    • Highway maintenance department
    • Forklift operator
    • Farm equipment operator
    • Landscaping
    • Truck/bus driver
    • Quarry employee
    • Equipment repair

     College/other partners

    • Pennsylvania College of Technology (Heavy Equipment Program)
    • Performance Training Services
    • Operating Engineers Union Local 545 Apprentice Training Program in Syracuse
    • SUNY Alfred
    • Students can earn the two-year National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certification.
    • Students can earn Occupational Safety and Health Association (OHSA) 10-hour construction safety training and National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certifications.
    Heavy Equipment


Last Modified on October 21, 2016