Heavy Construction Equipment Technology: Operator Emphasis

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Student operating heavy equipment

About this program

When it comes to operating heavy construction equipment, there’s more than meets the eye. This comprehensive program lays the foundation for success—digging into everything from tools, hardware, and safety to site engineering and layout. And thanks to built-in electives, you can customize your experience with things like a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) license prep course, quarry operation courses, or business management and marketing lessons.

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

45+

Machines for Student Use

125

Acre Operations Site

48,000

Square Feet of Lab Space

Careers

  • Heavy construction equipment operator
  • Field sales representative
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Tools, Hardware, and Basic Safety (HEO100)
  • Diesel Engine Fundamentals and Maintenance (HEO111)
  • Heavy Equipment Electrical Systems (HEO141)
  • Earthwork Site Preparation (HEO131)
  • Site Engineering and Layout (HEO120)
  • Introduction to Heavy Duty Powertrain and Brake Systems (HEO152)
  • GPS for Earthmoving (HEO161)
  • Hydraulics for Operators (HEO171)
  • Safe Operating Techniques for Heavy Equipment (HEO181)
  • Blueprints & Grade Stakes for Earthwork (HEO202)
  • Bulldozer and Trackloader Operation (HEO211)
  • Operation of Trenching Equipment (HEO220)
  • Haul Truck and Final Grade Equipment Operation (HEO231)
  • Directed Elective Heavy Construction Equipment Technology (HYE)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Environmental Science (SCI100) or
  • Physics Survey (PHS103)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP) or
  • Core Applied Arts Perspective (AAP) or
  • Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP) or
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP) or
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH123) or
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH181)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
Featured Video

Virtual Tour

Being a heavy equipment operator is more than just moving dirt. In this video, you’ll meet instructor Ryan Peck, dig into program details, check out the latest equipment, and get a bird’s eye view of the 125-acre worksite.

Featured Video

Heavy Construction Technology: Operator Emphasis

After obtaining a solid theoretical base, develop your skills at our 125-acre worksite featuring 45-plus machines. The hands-on nature of this degree will make you a prime candidate for employers.

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

Jan 28

Open House

Friday, January 288:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Feb 5

Open House

Saturday, February 58:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Feb 25

Open House

Friday, February 258:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 19

Open House

Saturday, March 198:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 3

Open House

Sunday, April 38:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 22

Open House

Friday, April 228:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Contact

Admissions Office

If you can't attend any of these dates Contact Admissions at 570.320.2400

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Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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Facilities

Hands-On Tomorrow

You will have plenty of space to hone your skills on our 125-acre heavy-equipment operations site

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Service and Operation of Heavy Equipment Club (S&O)

Service and Operation of Heavy Equipment Club (S&O)

S&O expands learning and leadership opportunities, giving students a chance to connect with and contribute to the College and the local community.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

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See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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You are expected to purchase your own tools which can be purchased at the College Store or through a dealer such as Sears or Snap-on. The advantage to purchasing your own tools is that the tools are yours to use during your time as a student and later as an employee. Larger specialty tools such as those used in diagnostics and testing are purchased by the College or donated by the Caterpillar dealer program for use by all students enrolled in the program.

View the Heavy Construction Equipment Technology Required Tools

Required for all labs:

  • uniform
  • leather work shoes or boots
  • yellow hard hat
  • safety glasses

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

  • Mr. Ben Brubacher, President, Brubacher Excavating, Inc.
  • Mr. Robert Capps, Director, Field Recruiting, Retention & Career Development, American Infrastructure, Inc.
  • Mr. Bradley J Cober, Jr., '02, General Superintendent, Brubacher Excavating, Inc.
  • Mr. Bryan E Frey, General Superintendent, Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.
  • Mr. Kevin Fritzinger, Equipment Manager, Independence Construction Materials
  • Mr. Michael Hohl, General Manager/Owner, Lyons & Hohl, Inc.
  • Mr. Mark E Keller, '87, Project Superintendent, Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.
  • Mr. Jeffrey D Lawson, Sr., Superintendent, Lycoming Supply, Inc.
  • Mr. Duane R Laylon, '76, Purchasing Agent, Resource Management Services
  • Mr. Max Persun, '86, Operations Supervisor, Wayne Township Landfill
  • Mr. Jason F Ritchey, '94, Technology Solutions Manager, Cleveland Bros. - SITECH Allegheny
  • Mr. Jeffrey Wiker, Vice President of Operations, H. L. Wiker Inc.