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Get Your Heavy Equipment Management Degree

by Tim Brunicardi on September 4, 2017

Is wearing a hard hat, a safety vest, and work boots your definition of a “business suit?” Does the sight of seeing someone operate a gigantic piece of heavy equipment fill you with…envy? If so then you could make an ideal Associate of Technical Study in Heavy Equipment Management Degree candidate!

Some of rewards of obtaining a Heavy Equipment Management Degree include:

  • The opportunity to travel.
  • The ability to work on a seasonal basis.
  • The opportunity to work outdoors.
  • Increasing job opportunities for women.
  • The chance to form lasting personal relationships with coworkers and clients,
  • A variety of employment opportunities.
  • An estimated median salary of $43,810.
  • Encouraging job prospects that project an estimated 43,200 operator positions by 2024.

Advantages of Getting A Heavy Equip Mgt Degree At Hocking College

heavy equipment management degree | hocking collegeMaking the decision to attend Hocking College will provide students interested in obtaining a Heavy Equipment Management Degree with the following advantages:

  • Qualified instructors with over ten years of experience.
  • Smaller class sizes that allow students more one-on-one time with their instructors.
  • Hands-on specialized training in operating the following pieces of heavy equipment: Backhoe, Bulldozer, Off-Road Dump Truck, Road Grader, Skid Steer, Tracked Excavator, Vibratory Compactor, and Wheel Loader.
  • Specialized training in the proper safety, maintenance, pre-start checks, and shut down procedures, regarding all pieces of heavy equipment.
  • Specialized training in Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) enforced job safety standards.
  • Additional specialized training in related subjects that include: Blueprints and Topographical Maps. Surveying and Mapping. Global Positioning System (GPS), Natural Resources Welding, Storm Water Management, and how to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License.
  • Specialized training in how to use modern technology to digitally display, store, and retrieve, necessary business- related information.
  • The potential to be considered employable in the following additional areas: Commercial Trucking, Equipment Sales, Highway Construction and Maintenance, Landscaping, Mining, and Pipelines.
  • The opportunity to receive both a Forklift & Scissor Lift Certification.
  • The opportunity to work on both public and private local projects.
  • The opportunity to use their training as credit towards an apprenticeship.
  • The opportunity to obtain their Associate of Technical Study in Heavy Equipment Management Degree in only four semesters.
  • The opportunity to be eligible for employment in the commercial, and residential, construction fields immediately after graduation.
Put your heavy equipment skills to the test at this giant adult sandbox.

Are You Heavy Equip Management Material?

Anyone interested in entering the Heavy Equipment Management industry should be aware that potential employers are primarily interested in those applicants who meet the following physical requirements, and possess these specific scholastic/work-related, assets:

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift/carry 35 lbs.
  • Ability to pull/push 50 lbs.
  • Be a minimum of 18 years old.
  • Good depth perception.
  • Good hand--eye coordination.
  • Good hearing.
  • Good multi-limb coordination.
  • Near and far vision acuity.
  • No fear of heights.
  • Physical agility.
  • Physical stamina.

Scholastic Assets:

  • Good math skills.
  • Good computers skills.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Vocational school-based background.

Work-Related Assets:

  • 1-3 years work experience in the construction industry.
  • Ability to pass a drug/alcohol screen.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.
  • Ability to travel for work.
  • A commercial driver’s license.
  • An understanding of electronics.
  • Experience pertaining to power and hand tools.
  • Familiarity with Global Positioning System (GPS).
  • Have reliable transportation.
  • Knowledge/experience pertaining to auto mechanics.
  • The potential to be an effective leader.

Not ready for your heavy equipment management degree yet? Check out the Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate program before committing to the degree. 

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