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  • Non-credit Fast Track program
  • Results in a Lone Star College certificate
  • Industry training, without the need for core classes
  • Full program offered at LSC-North Harris


Heavy equipment operators (HEO) not only work on regular construction building jobs, but also on infrastructure projects (roads, bridges, and ports, otherwise called non-building construction), and in mining and timber operations.


The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) is the training, assessment, certification and career development standard for the construction and maintenance craft professional.

NCCER credentials can lead to careers in construction. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s Registry System that allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires.

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Program Plan

Courses Contact Hours
CNSEC 2104102 Earth Moving Equipment Operation 102
CNSEC 2102101 Jobsite Layout and Development 68
Heavy Equipment Operation II NCCER Workforce Certificate Total 170

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Career Options

No wage data available at this time1

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Heavy Equipment Operator2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2013
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Program Cost: $2,305

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.