Class Descriptions

Listing of all HEO classes offered, refer to the Program Planning Guide or discuss with an advisor requirements for credentials.

HEO-111 -- Heavy Equipment Operations I

This course covers the beginning processes of heavy equipment operations. Topics include heavy equipment operator employment options, heavy equipment safety, identification of heavy equipment, equipment systems and maintenance, and basic operational techniques. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of heavy equipment operations utilized in the construction field.

HEO-112 -- Heavy Equipment Operations II

This course provides instruction regarding advanced operations of various construction equipment. Topics include purpose, function, design features, controls, manipulation, limitations, and safe operation of popular mobile heavy equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate advanced operations of various heavy equipment found in the construction field.

HEO-113 -- Grades and Drawings

This course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills required to interpret construction drawings, civil blueprints, and grades. Topics include basic terms for construction drawings, dimensions, setting grades, interpreting grade stakes, reading site plans, safety, and legal issues. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a general knowledge of civil blueprints, construction drawings and the theory behind finish grade selection.

HEO-114 -- Erosion Control and Regulations

This course introduces erosion control and environmental regulations for heavy equipment operators. Topics include erosion control using site plans for retention ponds, detention ponds, slit fence, matting, and other means of controlling erosion and water run off on construction sites. Upon completion, a student should be able to understand erosion control and water run off regulations and how to achieve compliance using means that are indicated on site plans.

HEO-116 -- Soil Excavation and Groundwork

This course introduces the concepts associated with soil characteristics as they relate to excavation and groundwork on construction sites. Topics include identification of soil sites, compaction needs of soils for various applications, safety concerns of soils and effects of the addition of organic or non-organic material to soil. Upon completion, students should be able to identify soil types, describe the properties of soils, determine the compaction requirements for various applications, and explain the effects of addition of water, organic and non-organic materials upon soils.

HEO-150 -- Mine Safety Health Administration for Equipment Technicians and Operators

This course introduces Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) rules and regulations needed for heavy equipment technicians and operators working in a quarry or mining operation. Emphasis is placed on personal and equipment safety using the topics of MSHA standards, first aide, work site hazards, welding hazards, lifting hazards, following proper procedures and required documentation as they relate to quarry and mining operations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of how to identify and implement safe repairs and operation of equipment used in quarry or mining operations.

HEO-192A -- Selected Topics in Heavy Equipment

This course provides an opportunity to explore areas of current interest in the specific program or discipline areas. Emphasis is placed on subject matter appropriate to the program or discipline. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the specific area of study. This course provides an opportunity to explore areas of current interest in the specific program or discipline areas. Emphasis is placed on subject matter appropriate to the program or discipline. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the specific area of study.