2929 16th Avenue North
Escanaba, MI 49829
Office: 906-789-3123
Toll Free: 800-377-5567
Email: admissions@ncheschool.com

Heavy Equipment Operator Training

SCHEDULE: 4 Weeks, 5 Days, 160 Hours of Instruction
Daily classes are 8am to 4:30pm EST.

CLASS SIZE: To provide students with quality instruction and sufficient time operating heavy equipment, the class size is limited to 16 students for each 4-week program.

INSTRUCTORS: North Country Heavy Equipment School has taught Heavy Equipment Operation to thousands of students over the past 20+ years. Our Certified Operator Instructors are highly qualified and experienced operators, ready to help you learn and succeed in this great industry. To ensure quality training time, there are at least 2 instructors for not more than 16 students in a class.


Each student will learn to:

  • Operate an excavator, 6-way angle blade dozer, extendahoe backhoe, articulated front-end loader, articulated motor grader, compact track loader, mini excavator, single axle dump truck, and tandem axle dump truck.
  • Practice safety procedures including use of personal safety equipment and safety inspection of equipment, industry termed the “walkaround”.
  • Complete routine maintenance on each piece of heavy equipment.
  • Load and unload heavy equipment and properly secure it using chains and ratchet binders.
  • Use laser and regular transits as well as other various leveling devices.
  • Conduct field staking, benchmarking, offset staking, and squaring.
  • Learn the Excavation Competent Person Training (ECPT) standards ,OSHA 10 training and receive ECPT Certification by participating in a one day training program which is included in the four-week course on the first day of training.

Each student will learn how to complete the following field work and use the equipment provided, as instructed:

  • Digging, leveling, grading, shaping, trenching
  • Installing a sewer service line
  • Backfilling techniques
  • Compacting soils
  • Using laser transit to set grades
  • Reading grade stakes to get proper elevation
  • Loading, unloading, and hauling materials
  • Digging shallow basement at grade
  • Digging and excavating a pond
  • Proper culvert and pipe installation


  • Provide information about their experience and skills related to heavy equipment.
  • Discuss their expectation for the class.
  • Attend class each day, reporting on time, alcohol and drug free.
  • Wear proper clothing for weather (rain and cold) and for safety (supplying their own work boots and gloves).
  • Practice all field safety procedures as described in class (wearing hard hats, safety vests, glasses and earplugs, which are all provided).
  • Practice daily, routine equipment light maintenance and grease, oil and refuel procedures, including walkaround.

INSTRUCTION METHODS: The class objectives will be met through lecture, video presentation, reading handouts, studying equipment operator’s manuals (5% of class time), and actual operation of equipment in the field (95% of the time). There is no required textbook for this course, however, numerous informative handouts are provided and kept by the students.



– NCHES is approved by the NCCER to teach operators in all 50 states so they can receive  their credentials.

Michigan/ Wisconsin Boards of Education
– NCHES is located in MI and  to operate in MI we have to be approved by the educational approval board. 

US Department of Veterans Affairs/ MING Stap
-NCHES has been approved by the us department of veterans as an approved training facility since 2005. Eligible VA students and active military students can use their benefits while attending NCHES.

Workforce Offices/ State Employment Agencies
-NCHES has been approved by the WWD, TAA, WIOA, WIA, Michigan Talent, CEP, and many other programs to help students find funding for the programs in many states.

Home Builders Association
– NCHES is also recognized by the Home Builders Association

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