Pearl River Community College

Construction Equipment Operation

Program Information

Location(s) of Program: Poplarville Campus

Brief Description of Program:
Program Benefits Overview:

  • Compressed schedule
  • Employment opportunities
  • Hands on training
  • Safety Training
  • New State of the Art Equipment
  • Small class sizes
  • NCCER certification

Essential Requirements of a person in this career field: Construction equipment operators typically do the following:

  • Clean and maintain equipment, making basic repairs as necessary
  • Report malfunctioning equipment to supervisors
  • Move levers, push pedals, or turn valves to control equipment
  • Drive and maneuver equipment
  • Coordinate machine actions with crew members using hand or audio signals
  • Follow safety standards

Construction equipment operators use machinery to move construction materials, earth, and other heavy materials at construction sites and mines. They operate equipment that clears and grades land to prepare it for the construction of roads, bridges, and buildings, as well as runways, power generation facilities, dams, levees, and other structures.

Instructor Contact Information for the Program:

Possible Careers in this Program: Construction equipment operators drive, maneuver, or control the heavy machinery used to construct roads, bridges, buildings, and other structures.

What a student can expect from a career in this field: The Construction Equipment Operations program will help develop the trainee for an entry level position in the Equipment operation field. The curriculum is a competency based course that allows the trainee to exit after they have met the training objectives.

Pearl River Community College formed partnerships with local industries to assist in development of this program. These partnerships will help in job placement after successful completion.

Possible earnings of jobs in these career field: The median annual wage for construction equipment operators was $45,040 / $21.65 in May 2016.