The Butte College Heavy Equipment Operator Technician Certificate Program is a one-year Certificate of Achievement program. An exciting, hands-on approach is used to introduce students to a wide range of skills necessary for equipment operation. Every effort is made for classroom laboratory work to closely reflect field experiences. Construction equipment operation requires good hand-eye coordination and demands attention to details like timelines, precision driving, coordination of multiple operations, and following plan directions. Development of problem solving skills and safe and cooperative work habits is emphasized.
Students who successfully fulfill the Heavy Equipment Operator Technician program requirements will have the operation, repair, and diagnostic skills necessary to obtain entry-level employment. Each year, the demand for qualified operators and maintenance technicians increases. Our partners include Operating Engineers Local 3, CalTrans, CDF, local and statewide contractors, and agricultural companies. Most jobs are obtained with smaller contractors. Jobs are also available in production agriculture, land leveling, orchard removal, and with other agricultural employers.
Bruce Enyeart, Advisor
Lyman Hagen, Advisor
Department Office: AHPS 251
Department Phone: 530-895-2551
Department Fax: 530-895-2443
For more information on recommended sequence of study and required courses for the major, view the Butte College Catalog.