University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Heavy Equipment Operation C.A.S.

The mission of the Heavy Equipment Operation Program is to provide the regional workforce with credentialed, skilled and competent heavy equipment operators and to be responsive to emerging workforce needs. The Heavy Equipment Operation Program provides students with a basic understanding of fundamental machine functions and is designed to develop apprentice-level skills in the operation of heavy equipment.

Students are trained to safely and properly operate and maintain a variety of heavy equipment, including crawler-tractors, graders, scrapers, front-end loaders, excavators, backhoes, and dump trucks. Students develop an understanding of basic surveying techniques, receive extensive training in safety regulations and procedures, and learn how to handle controls precisely and judge distances accurately. The program also promotes an awareness of potential job site difficulties and allows students to gain knowledge of the work ethic expected by employers in the construction industry.

A Certificate of Applied Science is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

This is an Autumn Semester entry program, and enrollment is limited. 

Certificate of Applied Science - Heavy Equipment Operation


Required Courses38
Total Hours38

Degree Specific Credits: 35

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Required Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
COMX 102Interpersonal Skills in the Workplace1
HEO 146Safety & Basic Controls5
HEO 148Operational Skill Building5
HEO 150Job Simulation6
HEO 151Service & Maintenance2
HEO 153Construction Theory & Specialized Equipment5
M 105Contemporary Mathematics3
OSH 110OSHA 10 Hour Safety Training1
SRVY 108Construction Surveying2
WLDG 103Welding Fundamentals of Construction Trades2
WRIT 101College Writing I3
Total Hours35

Minimum Required Grade: C-