Heavy Equipment Operator Technician

Program Locations: Hastings Campus
Program Level: Diploma, Associate
Department: Skilled and Technical Sciences

Do you love to play in the dirt? Do you dream of being behind the wheel of earth movers? Then our Heavy Equipment Operator Technician program might be just for you. We are proud to be home to the only heavy equipment operations program in Nebraska. Heavy equipment operators are highly skilled technicians who operate large industrial moving equipment designed to construct roads, level land and lay pipe, among other activities. You’ll have the opportunity to learn on state-of-the-art simulators as well as getting behind the wheel of all the heavy equipment used in our outside classroom.

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Associate of Applied Science


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The Heavy Equipment Operator Technician program is fall-start only. 

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What will it cost?

At 2019-20 tuition and fee rates, completing the 61 credits required for the Heavy Equipment Operator Technician degree costs:

Nebraska residents - $6,405

Non-residents - $9,150

These costs are for tuition and fees only for the program of study as listed in the CCC online catalog. It does not include the cost of foundations courses, retaking courses or taking courses in addition to those required for the degree. It does not include the cost of books, supplies, tools, computers or other items that may be required.

2019-20 Tuition and Fees (cost per credit) Tuition Fees Total
Nebraska Resident $90 $15 $105
Non Resident $135 $15 $150

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How long will it take?

Finish in 2 years by completing 15-16 credits a semester for 4 semesters

The length of time to complete a program is based on a student taking only the courses required for the program as listed in our online catalog. It does not include the cost of foundations courses that may be required based on assessment scores, retaking courses or taking courses that are not required by your program of study.

Your adviser will develop a plan of study to meet your personal needs.

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Program Name: Heavy Equipment Operator Technician Diploma

This program is designed to be completed in 1 year.

This program will cost $5385 (calculated using in-state tuition) if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with N/A* of debt.

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

Nebraska does not have licensure requirements for this profession.

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