Students completed Heavy Equipment Operator training thanks to partnerships among Jefferson State, Dunn Construction, Thompson Tractor, and the Alabama Community College System’s Skills for Success initiative.
After self-paced, interactive online learning, the students completed the course with a skills lab in March at the college’s Chilton-Clanton Campus.
Dunn Construction and Chilton Contractors sent employees through the training, and Thompson Tractor donated the dozer. The instructor was Alan Smith with Jefferson State’s Center for Workforce Education Training.
Through online coursework and hands-on lab training, operators learn equipment applications, attachments, operating controls, preventive maintenance requirements, and basic operating techniques. This course is designed for students interested in a career in construction, heavy equipment, and earthmoving equipment operations. Operators of all skill levels learn the concepts, objectives, and safety practices required for operating skid steers in construction zone settings. Operators learn about issues related to road and highway construction. After completing the course, participants get 16 hours of hands-on equipment operation training.
Upon successfully completing both online and hands-on portions of the course, participants receive an ACCS credential.
For more information and to register for a future course, visit innovation.accs.edu/trainings.