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 12 students for each 4-week program. We take pride in having small classes so our students can get as much time on the machines as possible. We never more than 3 to 1 student to instructor ratio to ensure our students get the attention they need! For 25 years our motto has been Quality not Quantity! 

INSTRUCTORS: North Country Heavy Equipment School has taught Heavy Equipment Operation to thousands of students over the past 25+ years. Our Certified Operator Instructors are highly qualified and experienced operators, ready to help you learn and succeed in this great industry. 

CLASS OBJECTIVES:

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.
  • You will also get certified in the Excavation Competent Person Training (ECPT), OSHA-10 Construction, and receive your 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

INSTRUCTOR’S EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS:

  • 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, safety glasses, and earplugs which are all provided).
  • Practice daily, routine equipment maintenance and grease, oil and refuel procedures, including walkaround.

INSTRUCTION METHODS: The class objectives will be met through lectures, video presentations, reading handouts, studying equipment operator’s manuals (5% of class time), and actual operation of equipment in the field (95% of the time). The required textbook will be provided the first day of the course, and numerous informative handouts are provided and be can kept by the students.

SCHOOL ACCREDITATIONS:

NCCER

– NCHES is approved by the NCCER to teach operators in all 50 states so they can receive their NCCER 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/ MINGSTAP 
-NCHES has been approved by the US Department of Veteran Affairs 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 Works, Wisconsin Job Center, CEP, and many other programs to help students find funding for the programs approved in many States.

Home Builders Association
– NCHES is also recognized by the Home Builders Association (HBA)

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North Country Heavy Equipment School
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North Country Heavy Equipment School has been an amazing experience!! Everyone and everything has been great here. From answering and returning phone calls and email quickly, to excellent trainers and training and a fun, but challenging environment to learn in. I cannot stress enough, about how awesome this experience has been! If you are considering a career in heavy equipment operation, or simply want to learn because you're curious, do not hesitate to give the school your business.
Great program, great instructors. Hands on experience everyday! I did the heavy equipment operator program but will be returning for cdl as well!
The school instructed by Don, Emil, and the occasional Dennis was exactly what I wanted and needed. The scaled instruction and problems given to build skills and confidence in the equipment were both enjoyable and appropriately scoped. The school was very accommodating when needing extra instruction or time. I left a much more confident operator and was even successful at clearing my own property, putting in a driveway, septic, and clearing a building site purely from the skills and lessons learned in this program. It’s difficult to truly express how accommodating and supportive the school is to students voiced concerns and needs which was the most impressive part for me.
Excellent school would recommend to first time users
The heavy equipment operator course is a good course. You spend the majority of class time in the seat of various pieces of heavy machinery. The instructors and support staff are very helpful. You are given plenty of time to practice on each piece of equipment before completing the practical exercises. I would strongly recommend NCHES if you are considering becoming a heavy equipment operator.
An absolute blast! Helpful and entertaining instructors, that make sure you understand the know’s and the why's for every piece of machinery.
Wonderful place to learn lots of educational stuff great class atmosphere!!!
Attended one week Grader class. Great class, great instructors. Hopefully be back for other training. Highly recommend.
Just finished up my class at North Country Heavy Equipment School. The staff and instructors are top notch! Great course and great environment. Thank you all!!
Excellent instructors, and a Great place to learn how to operate heavy equipment! Very pleased with this company, and the help!
Response from the owner: Thank you for your kind words, Angela! Happy to have you with us! 🙂
This school is hands down the best. The instructors love their job and are definitely happy to teach. They are also understanding. They get you ready for real life on the job training. I struggle learning new things on paper especially. Don and Dennis do everything they can to make sure I understand. It also helps they expect mistakes at first because you're new to the equipment but they also teach you how to correct your mistakes. If your looking to get your the best experience out of you certification training.This is the place to go. YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!
Response from the owner: We appreciate your feedback Codey! We get it, life gets hard but we're here for our students every step of the way.
The teachers are great and very helpful. The school provides great training.
Response from the owner: Jake, thanks for leaving a five star review! We are happy to be able to provide year-round training in our indoor facility, even in Michigan's January winter weather!
The teachers are great and very helpful. The school provides great training.
Response from the owner: Thank you!
Wow, what a great experience! I learned more than I was anticipating and I'm looking forward to using this knowledge in the field. The instructors were awesome to work with. We had a good time on an off site project as well. I'm thankful for the opportunity and want to thank North Country Heavy Equipment School.
Response from the owner: Michael, you were a pleasure to have in class! Thank you for spending the last month with us, we enjoyed it as much as you!
I am so glad that I made the decision to attend this school. It has been a great experience and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to get into heavy equipment. The instructors are very knowledgeable and great people.
Response from the owner: Thank you Ethan! We are glad that you made the decision to attend Heavy Equipment Operator Training with us as well! Wishing you the best!
I’m currently enrolled at North Country Heavy Equipment school located in Escanaba. This has been a life changing opportunity that will create many career paths for me. My favorite piece of equipment is the excavator. Thank you for giving me this opportunity and providing a lot of memories; from learning a new trade to making friends with similar interests.
Response from the owner: We love to see our students make connections and friendships that carry on after graduation! Thank you for the five star review Nate, it has been a pleasure working with you!
Very helpful instructors.
Response from the owner: Thank you Josh, we're lucky to have our instructors. 🙂
Great place. Awesome instructors!
Response from the owner: Thanks! Having students willing to work hard and dedicate their time means our instructors do the same!
Great instructors and environment. Lots of time with each piece of equipment. All around great experience, would recommend.
Response from the owner: Thank you David! Hands-on training is a huge priority at the school and we're glad you had a great experience! Thank you for choosing North Country Heavy Equipment School and good luck in all of your future endeavors!
Very hands on and fun class to attend
Response from the owner: Hands-on training is a huge priority at the school & we have fun doing it! Thank you for choosing North Country Heavy Equipment School!
Excellent school! The staff and instructors are very professional and knowledgeable, highly recommend this school if you're thinking of starting a career as an operator.
Response from the owner: Stephen, thank you for the kind words & great review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your time as a student with us & we thank you for choosing North Country Heavy Equipment School!
Loved this school, the instructors are very knowledgeable on what they teach and very understanding of the students different experience levels.
Response from the owner: Madisen, thank you for the great review and congratulations on achieving your heavy equipment certifications!
Great school, lovely instructors, very supportive. Thank you
Response from the owner: Thank YOU Hunter! Please let us know if you ever need anything!
Im about to graduate this program, and it has been a great experience. Everyone is amazing, friendly instructors and office staff. The instructors are the best, if you are think about taking this course I highly recommend this school.
Response from the owner: Thank you for the great review! We are happy to have been a part of your heavy equipment education and wish you the best of luck in your future!
Knowledgeable instructors and staff that designed training for real world applications. Students get plenty of seat time on each piece of equipment ensuring confidence in their abilities. Instructors observe operations without looking over your shoulder allowing the students the time they need to learn controls without being rushed. Military friendly training. A++ training.
Response from the owner: Wesley, we are grateful for your thoughtful review of our program and we are happy that you enjoyed your time as a student with us!
Great instructors, I've learned a lot in just a span of 4 weeks. 100 out of 10 would definitely recommend
Response from the owner: We enjoyed being a part of your heavy equipment education! Thank you for the fantastic review!
great instructors very knowledgeable. met a lot of good people and learned a lot.
Response from the owner: Thanks Brandon, its great to know you enjoyed the Heavy Equipment Operator program and we wish you the best of luck!
The instructors are all great and friendly. My time at north country Heavy equipment school was amazing and all the people are really great. I highly recommend this school for anyone trying to learn how to run heavy equipment
Response from the owner: What a great student you have been Daniel, we thank you for giving it 100% in the heavy equipment operations training program and always coming in with a great attitude always smiling! Best of luck in this great industry and your heavy equipment operator certification, we are always here if you need anything!
The instructors are all super friendly and helpful. They give you plenty of time to work with each machine. If you want to learn to run equipment this is the place to go great work.
Response from the owner: We are happy to know that you enjoyed your time in our program! Good luck in all of your future heavy equipment endeavors!
I had a great experience while learning at North Country Heavy Equipment School. The instructors were very knowledgeable, helpful, and reasonable. The team of instructors were full of helpful tips and always made me feel like a friend to them. Overall, North Country Heavy Equipment School is a great place and was very good to me. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to get into the Heavy Equipment trade.
Response from the owner: Thank you for the great review Danil! You have been an excellent student and we wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors!
the best instructors super positive vibes lots to learn and lots to learn on everything g you need to know plus everything you want to know perfect 20/10 highly recommend
Response from the owner: We appreciate your great review! Thank you for choosing North Country Heavy Equipment School!
I would recommend anyone interested in or already working within the industry to join this class. The instructors are excellent and full of knowledge. They operate with great integrity so if something is unknown they find the answers which is vital when teaching safety! Loved it!
Response from the owner: Jack,Thank you for the 5 star review! We're happy to have been a part of your heavy equipment education and we can't wait to have you back for the trucking side to get you your CDL too!
Good place to be at and learn how to run equipment good atmosphere if you don’t break anything. Will be talking about how great this school is.
Response from the owner: We appreciate the positive word of mouth, Skyler!
Im on my fourth week of class and went into this class not knowing what to expect, but i can tell you it was worth it !!, This place is amazing, the instructors are so nice, and extremely knowledgeable!!!! I would recommend for anyone who knows what they want as a career, or someone who’s just looking at options !!!!
Response from the owner: Katelyn,You were a pleasure to have in class! Thank you for the kind words and good luck in your future endeavors!
The instructors and administrative staff are very nice and approachable. I can confidently say this was the best decision I’ve made for my education. It’s sad to have to leave such an amazing crew and say goodbye to these wonderful instructors. One of the best decisions you can make!
Response from the owner: Congratulations on completion of the course and certifications Dylan! We're sad to see you go as well but happy to have been a part of your heavy equipment education! Good luck in your future endeavors!
Knowledgeable instructors and great environment to learn in! Definitely will be back for the CDL course!
Response from the owner: Ryan,That's great news! Thank you for the great review and letting us be a part of your heavy equipment and trucking education!
Had a great time operating the equipment and the instructors are really nice and great people to share the memories made hereIf you have this place in mind definitely go for it
Response from the owner: Thank you for the kind words and great review Ethan!
Most fun I've ever had with my pants on
Response from the owner: Nick, we're dying from laughter over here! Ha! Glad you enjoyed it!
Came here from Hawaii and was stoked on the experience gained! The instructors were friendly and a wealth of knowledge. 10/10 would recommend!
Response from the owner: Ezra,We're happy to hear that your experience was worth the travel! Thank you for choosing North Country Heavy Equipment School!
Had a great experience getting my heavy equipment license here, instructors are extremely friendly and helping and just an all around great program.
Response from the owner: Thank you for the kind words Taj!
I had a great experience I have learned a lot and I am very thankful for the time and teaching of all the Equipment. I recommend this school.
Response from the owner: Vanny,You were a joy to have in class! Thank you for the recommendation and 5 star review!
Theses guys make school fun. i enjoy my time learning with them. It is hard to find people you actually a will to teach you even know your are just starting out. It was a really great experience and the instructors make sure you understand everything I learned a lot. I have not a bad thing to say about this school if you are looking to have fun and learn about equipment this is the school I give a lot of credit to this school
Response from the owner: We're very grateful for our instructors! Thank you for your feedback Milek!
The best learning experience I could've ever asked for! The instructors treat you like family one moment, and then treat you like you're in the working field to get you ready for work environment. This is the perfect school for all the training necessary to start your new career. Thank you North Country Heavy Equipment School!
Very knowledgeable instructors they make the class fun as well as informative definitely worth your time
Just wish the course was longer than a month. Instructors are very experienced knowledgeable, and patient. Had a blast!
If you ever thinking about going to a heavy equipment school , this is the best one. This is the best school in the US. The staff is great , the instructors are phenomenal. Don and emil are the best instructors you ever have. They go all out and beyond to help you. I highly recommend this school . Love this place
Response from the owner: Thank you for the kind words Jason! We're happy to have been a part of your heavy equipment education!
Awesome place
If you’re looking to get into operating this is the place to go. They teach you everything you need to know on the job.
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