The AIS technical institute's heavy equipment Operator Training program provides extensive in-the-seat training. experienced and certified faculty guide you as you learn what it takes to be a heavy construction equipment operator.

Our eighty percent hands-on (seat time) training class structure is unmatched in the equipment operator training industry.

We offer both a six week and a ten week National Center for Construction Education and Research Operator Certificate (NCCER) Programs. www.nccer.org

If you are looking to learn about specific pieces of equipment, we also offer Individualized Equipment Training, which ranges from one to five days.

The Institute is currently able to accept tuition payments through the Veteran's Administration, Michigan Works!, Michigan Rehabilitation Services and Native American Tribal Tuition Services. 

OPERATOR CLASS DESCRIPTIONs

HCEO 106: 6-Week Heavy Equipment Operator Program

In this program, you will learn how to inspect, maintain and operate bulldozers, backhoes, excavators, and wheel loaders. Industry recognized NCCER certifications are awarded to students successfully completing the program requirements. In addition to machine certifications, student will also receive First Aid and CPR Training

Students must pass both a written and practical examination to qualify for the NCCER certifications in these four machines.

COST: $6,000

Introduction to Earth-moving
Summarizes the earth-moving process, including the heavy equipment operator's role in ensuring an efficient and profitable operation. Explains the use of bulldozers, scrapers, loaders, excavators, and trucks in the earth-moving process.

Dump Trucks
Covers detailed operation of on-road and off-road dump trucks used in the construction industry. Describes the duties and responsibilities of operators, safety rules, and operator preventive maintenance duties.

Rollers
Covers operation of the various machines used to compact soil, as well as soil classifications and compaction. Describes the duties and responsibilities of operators, safety rules, and operator preventive maintenance duties.

Scrapers
Describes the duties and responsibilities of operators, as well as safety rules, and operator preventive maintenance duties. Covers scraper techniques and emphasizes scraper safety.

Loaders
Covers the various uses of wheel and track loaders, as well as operator maintenance, loader safety and operating procedures. Contains procedures for using the loader in loading, grading, excavation, and demolition work.

Forklifts
Covers the different types of forklifts and their applications on construction sites. Includes instructions for lifting, transporting, and placing various types of loads. Describes the duties and responsibil­ities of operators, as well as safety rules, and operator preventive maintenance duties.

Grades, Part I
Introduces the concepts of elevations and grading, the use and interpretation of grade stakes, and basic process of grading construction sites, distance measuring, and finish grades.

Grades, Part II
Uses information presented in previous modules to teach proper methods for setting grades, interpreting grade stakes, and reading site plans to ensure that earth-moving work meets specifications.

Bulldozers
Covers the uses, attachments, operating controls, maintenance requirements, transporting procedures, and operating methods for bulldozers, emphasizing safe operation of the equipment. Teaches dozing operations, including clearing land, back-filling, and stockpiling. Explains the use of common attachments, including winches, rippers, specialty blades, and pulled attachments.

Backhoes
Describes backhoes and their applications, attachments, operating controls, preventive maintenance requirements, and basic operating techniques, emphasizing safe operation of the equipment. Covers trenching, loading, demolition, back-filling, laying pipe, and excavating founda­tions. Also covers transporting the backhoe.

Excavators
Presents information on use, safe operation, and maintenance of hydraulic excavators, including standard and telescoping excavators. Teaches basic operation of equipment and application of knowledge in performing earthwork activities, such as ditching, grading, placing rip-rap, and slope finishing. Describes safety issues and preventive maintenance activities.

Motor Graders
Introduces concepts and procedures involved in the operation of motor graders. Teaches basic daily preventive maintenance, safety checking, and control of the machine. Covers main attachments used with motor graders, and the use of motor graders in performing ditching, grading, ripping, and scarifying operations.

Soils
Describes soil classification systems. Explains how shrink and swell factors affect equipment selection. Discusses how soil conditions af­fect equipment performance. Explains techniques for working with various soil types.                  

Basic Rigging
This module provides basic information on the following. Slings, Hitches,  Rigging hardware, The principles and practices behind safe and efficient rigging. 

HCEO 110: 10-Week Heavy Equipment Operator Program

In this program, you will learn how to inspect, maintain and operate bulldozers, backhoes, excavators, wheel loaders, off-road dump trucks, skid steers, and rough terrain and warehouse forklifts. NCCER Certifications are earned by successfully completing the course. CPR, First Aid and 10 hour OSHA instruction is also presented.

Students must pass both a written and practical examination to qualify for the NCCER certification in these eight machines.

COST: $10,000

Introduction to Earth-moving
Summarizes the earth-moving process, including the heavy equipment operator's role in ensuring an efficient and profitable operation. Explains the use of bulldozers, scrapers, loaders, excavators, and trucks in the earth-moving process.

Dump Trucks
Covers detailed operation of on-road and off-road dump trucks used in the construction industry. Describes the duties and responsibilities of operators, safety rules, and operator preventive maintenance duties.

Rollers
Covers operation of the various machines used to compact soil, as well as soil classifications and compaction. Describes the duties and responsibilities of operators, safety rules, and operator preventive maintenance duties.

Scrapers
Describes the duties and responsibilities of operators, as well as safety rules, and operator preventive maintenance duties. Covers scraper techniques and emphasizes scraper safety.

Loaders
Covers the various uses of wheel and track loaders, as well as operator maintenance, loader safety, and operating procedures. Contains procedures for using the loader in loading, grading, excavation, and demolition work.

Forklifts
Covers the different types of forklifts and their applications on construction sites. Includes instructions for lifting, transporting, and placing various types of loads. Describes the duties and responsibil­ities of operators, as well as safety rules, and operator preventive maintenance duties.

Excavation Math
Covers formulas and methods used to compute cut and fill requirement on a job, and illustrates techniques used to quickly estimate excavations. Provides a brief overview of software used to compute excavation requirements.

Grades,Part2
Uses information presented in previous modules to teach proper methods for setting grades, interpreting grade stakes, and reading site plans to ensure that earth-moving work meets specifications.

Civil Blueprint Reading
Explains how to read site plans to obtain cut and fill information. Iden­tifies safety and legal issues that are of concern for heavy equipment operators such as underground utilities and property lines.

Intro. Skills for the Crew Leader
Covers basic project planning and scheduling techniques as well as coordination and communication of work assignments to heavy equipment operators and other trades and crafts. Also describes project setup and materials purchasing requirements.

Bulldozers
Covers the uses, attachments, operating controls, maintenance requirements, transporting procedures, and operating methods for bulldozers, emphasizing safe operation of the equipment. Teaches dozing operations, including clearing land, back-filling, and stockpiling. Explains the use of common attachments, including winches, rippers, specialty blades, and pulled attachments.

Backhoes
Describes backhoes and their applications, attachments, operating controls, preventive maintenance requirements, and basic operating techniques, emphasizing safe operation of the equipment. Covers trenching, loading, demolition, back-filling, laying pipe, and excavating founda­tions. Also covers transporting the backhoe.

Excavators
Presents information on use, safe operation, and maintenance of hydraulic excavators, including standard and telescoping excavators. Teaches basic operation of equipment and application of knowledge in performing earthwork activities, such as ditching, grading, placing rip-rap, and slope finishing. Describes safety issues and preventive maintenance activities.

Motor Graders
Introduces concepts and procedures involved in the operation of motor graders. Teaches basic daily preventive maintenance, safety checking, and control of the machine. Covers main attachments used with motor graders, and the use of motor graders in performing ditching, grading, ripping, and scarifying operations.

Advanced Operational Techniques
Presents advanced topics for equipment operators, including safety, controlling and working around water, calculating operating costs, and laying pipe. Discusses safety meetings, reporting, inspections, investigations, and hazardous material requirements. Describes the use, calibration, and maintenance of laser instruments.            

Finishing and Grading
Describes the use of various types of heavy equipment to finish and trim grades and slopes of roads, pads, ditches, and other structures; specifications used for grading; and procedures for checking the fi­nal grade. Presents soil stabilization methods and the proper use of geotextile materials for erosion control.

Soils
Describes soil classification systems. Explains how shrink and swell factors affect equipment selection. Discusses how soil conditions affect equipment performance. Explains techniques for working with various soil types. 

Basic Rigging
This module provides basic information on the following. Slings, Hitches,  Rigging hardware, The principles and practices behind safe and efficient rigging. 


Individualized heavy Equipment Training

LEVEL 1
Fee Per Program $1,000  Operator Time 8 clock hours

These programs are intended for experienced operators who have shown proof of training.

Level 1 courses include a one-day orientation on operation, safety, and maintenance. You will receive a hands-on demonstration of employer required operations. After training is complete, the trainee will take a written and hands-on test. Upon scoring an 80% or higher, the trainee will receive a certificate from AIS Training Center. Our Trenching and Shoring program also includes the scope and application of subpart P – Excavator Standard; definitions; general requirements; requirements for protective systems soil classification; and handling an OSHA inspection. Each participant receives a training manual that includes a complete copy of the Excavation Standard.

Programs offered

  • Rough terrain and warehouse forklift certification
  • Bulldozer
  • Hydraulic Excavator 
  • Backhoe loader
  • Wheel Loader
  • Trenching and shoring
     

LEVEL 2
Fee Per Program $2,500  Operator Time 24 clock hours

These programs are intended for operators with limited experience.

Level 2 programs include three days to cover advanced operational techniques and a thorough orientation to the machine. After training is complete, the trainee will take a written and hands-on test. Upon scoring an 80% or higher, the trainee will receive a certificate from AIS Training Center. 

Programs offered

  • Bulldozer 
  • Hydraulic Excavator
  • Backhoe Loader
  • Wheel Loader

 

LEVEL 3
Fee Per Program $3,500  Operator Time 40 clock hours

These programs are intended for students who are beginners in the heavy equipment industry. 

Level 3 programs consist of five days in which students will develop basic operating skills for a particular machine and gain experience in performing machine pre-inspections and maintenance. After training is complete, the trainee will take a written and hands-on test. Upon scoring an 80% or higher, the trainee will receive a certificate from AIS Training Center. 

Programs offered

  • Bulldozer
  • Hydraulic Excavator
  • Backhoe Loader
  • Wheel Loader

For more information, please contact Ralph Hansen at rhansen@aisequip.com