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heavy equipment noun. large pieces of machinery or vehicles, especially those used in the building industry.



We want to provide you with the tools and skills necessary to start a new career path. Our Heavy Equipment Operator program will open doors for you career wise. Whether you would like to have better employment opportunities for yourself or you’re a business owner looking to train and certify your crew, we offer an affordable and committed heavy equipment operator program.

Through this program, Detroit Training Center provides multiple certifications for operating heavy equipment and powered industrial trucks. As a result, graduates of this program find successful careers on construction and landscaping projects. Lecture portion covers instruction and general background knowledge on equipment, providing a good base for theoretical knowledge. Hands-on segment gives students the opportunity to drive and operate a variety of equipment including forklift/hi-lo's, skid steers, backhoes, front end loaders, excavators, and lifts.

Topics covered include OSHA rules and regulations, job-site safety, reading grade levels, identifying soils, machine inspection and maintenance, and job-site layout. It’s crucial for students to be able to perform their job efficiently and in the safest way possible. Ultimately, we want job employment to increase in Detroit and help its residents grow personally and community wise. Furthermore, job placement assistance is provided to our graduates of this program. This program is VA-certified.


  • First AID/CPR/Bloodborne Pathogens License

  • OSHA 30 Certification

  • Forklift Operator Certification

  • Backhoe/Loader Operator Certification

  • Skid Steer Operator Certification

  • Aerial Lift Operator Certification

  • Excavator Operator Certification

  • Asbestos Abatement Contractor License


6 Weeks


8:00 am-4:00 pm

career opportunities

  • Civil Construction Equipment Operator

  • Residential and Commercial Construction Equipment Operator

  • Highway Maintenance Laborer

  • Material Sorting Laborer

  • Excavating and Loading Machine Operator

  • Landscape Equipment Operator

  • Asbestos Abatement Laborer

Median wages

$20 Hourly

$42,540 Annually


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