Heavy Equipment Operations



From 6 to 8 pm on the last Wednesday of every month.
Upcoming Open House Dates:

This cutting-edge program combines classroom theory and field training, providing students with the basic skills and knowledge necessary to safely operate heavy equipment and to gain entry-level employment in the construction industry. The hands-on practical experience includes safety, maintenance, basic operating procedures and techniques for major types of heavy equipment. With this knowledge, students can have a wide range of career opportunities such as excavating, paving contractors, quarries, municipalities or even The Operating Engineers Union. Students will the opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials for OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety Training and PennDOT Flagger Training.

Course Goals

To provide students with the basic skills and knowledge to safely operate heavy equipment and to gain entry-level employment in the construction related industry.

This intensely hands-on course will cover safety, basic operating procedures and techniques and maintenance for backhoes, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, track loaders, articulated wheel loaders, skid steer, soil compactors and bulldozers. LCTI has 22 pieces of heavy equipment for student training. Unlike other training facilities, LCTI has developed a large training site to enhance students’ operating skills.

Students in LCTI ‘s Heavy Equipment Operations Training Program are also taught: basic surveying, construction math, print reading, erosion and sediment control, soil analysis, OSHA trenching safety, load and securement standards for the safe transporting & hauling of equipment. Assignments and tests, along with numerous operating competencies, will be given throughout the course to help instructors and potential employers evaluate the students’ progress.

A skills certificate and competency report will be presented to students who successfully completes the program. OSHA 10 hr Construction Safety Training and PennDOT Flagger Training will be conducted during this session. Students that successfully complete this portion of the training will also receive a 10-hr Occupational Safety and Health Construction Training Card and a PennDOT Flagger Card at the conclusion of the 184-hr program. 

Program Supported By:

  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Eastern PA Chapter
  • Associated Pennsylvania Constructors
  • PA Department of Transportation

Equipment Used In Training By The Following Manufacturers:

  • CASE

Program Specifications:

  • 130 hours of hands-on practical
  • 54 hours of classroom theory
  • 184 total hours
  • 6 weeks necessary for completion of weekday classes
  • 7 weeks necessary for completion of evening and Saturday classes
  • Program is WIB approved-Career Link, TAA/TRA, OVR and VA/GI funding are accepted
  • Mastercard /VISA, American Express, Discover and Diners Club accepted

Day Class Start Dates:

  • New classes begin every month.
  • Classes fill up quickly; call to secure your training date.

Evening Class Start Dates:
TBD – call to be added to waitlist
Monday – Wednesday 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Thursdays 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sundays 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM.
Call for further details.


Ask the Training Coordinator about customized Heavy Equipment Operating training programs for companies, municipalities, townships or individuals.

Call or e-mail Randy Zimmerman at (610)799-1345 or toll free at 1-877-440-7544 zimmermanr@lcti.org  for more information about LCTI’s combination CDL/A or CDL/B & Heavy Equipment Operations programs and our Heavy Equipment Operations – Logistics Forklift Safety Training classes.

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