Make a Living Playing in the Dirt!

Did you like to play with tractors, bulldozers, and shovels as a kid? Get paid for it now! Graduates from Lake Area Technical College’s new Heavy Equipment Operator program will enter into a field that has a high-demand for qualified workers in commercial and industrial construction, heavy equipment operation, and earthmoving equipment operation.

Students entering our new Heavy Equipment Operator program will choose from a diploma in Excavation Operations after 11 months or an Associate of Applied Science degree in Heavy Equipment Operations after completing the entire 20-month curriculum.

First year students will learn:

  • To maintain and repair tracks, wheels, brakes, operating controls, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, electrical circuitry, and engines
  • Basic skills in excavating, digging, ditching, grading, and backfilling

Second year students will learn:

  • To operate and maintain a variety of heavy equipment such as crawler tractors, motor graders and scrapers, shovels, rigging devices, hoists, and jacks
  • Basic skills in digging, ditching, sloping, stripping, grading, backfilling, clearing, crane operation, and excavating

Lake Area Technical College grads are averaging $24.23 per hour in this field and that’s just six months after graduation.  Additionally, people retiring from this field will create even more job opportunities for new graduates

This is a list of other programs offered at this school.


Automotive Technology


Building Trades Technology

Business Associate

Community Healthcare Worker

Computer Information Systems


Custom Paint and Fabrication

Dental Assisting

Diesel Technology

Electronic Systems Technology

Energy Operations

Energy Technology

Environmental Technology

Financial Services

Heavy Equipment Operator

High Performance Engine Machining

Human Services Technician

Law Enforcement

Med/Fire Rescue

Medical Assisting

Medical Lab Technician

Nursing – LPN

Nursing – RN 

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant

Precision Machining


Welding Technology

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