Construction Equipment Operation

Construction Equipment Operation

The Construction Equipment Operation program prepares students to become entry-level equipment operators. Students receive the hands-on training needed to operate construction equipment and machines used for earth and materials moving. They will work with wheel loaders, skid steer loaders, dump trucks, flatbed transport trailers, compact excavators, backhoes, and track machines. Students will also learn about pre-operational inspection, personal protective equipment, job site safety practices, blueprint reading, construction site preparation, and equipment maintenance.

Students train and test to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Our instructors are trained and state certified to teach the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration standards for tractor-trailer drivers and are Third Party Commercial License Testers for the State of Iowa. Federal and state laws require that intrastate drivers must be at least 18 years of age.

Experience and Training

The Construction Equipment Operation program provides an eight-week workplace experience. This allows students to gain real work experience at a job site and ensures they develop the skills they need to succeed on the job.

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Dianne Lellig
Butler Hall 131
Email me

Student Success Specialist

De'Carlos Anderson
Butler Hall 122
319-296-2329 ext.1228
Email me

Program Advisor

Marty Kroenecke
Regional Transportation Training Center 129
319-296-2329 ext.1332
Email me


Dave Grunklee
Butler Hall 131A
Email me

Find us on Facebook