Heavy equipment training programs in New Jersey can prepare graduates for jobs as diesel engine mechanics or material moving and construction equipment operators. However, individuals interested in pursuing the latter option might need to meet licensure requirements after completing their training programs. Aspiring operators can find a select few heavy equipment training programs and courses as well as an apprenticeship in New Jersey.
There are only about three institutions and/or organizations in the state of New Jersey that offer heavy equipment training. These options range from vocational schools to unions and are profiled below.
International Union of Operating Engineers
The International Union of Operating Engineers' Local 825 offers heavy equipment training programs at its facility in Dayton. In addition to 3-year apprenticeships that include classroom instruction and on-site training, the IUOE Local 825 features an Operating Engineers Certification Program, which includes crane operator and overhead crane operator training courses. These options can prepare students to earn NCCCO certification and subsequent state licensure.
Medical Consultants Instructional Training Center
In addition to allied health programs, this Millville school offers an 8-week heavy equipment instruction course. Topics of study cover operating techniques for an array of heavy equipment, such as skid steers, dump trucks, backhoes and bulldozers. Although there is no program that prepares students for New Jersey crane operator licensure or NCCCO certification, students can learn how to use global positioning system (GPS) and laser level technologies, read blueprints and locate underground utilities. The curriculum emphasizes classroom instruction as well as practical hands-on training in the field.
Pennco Tech is a military-friendly vocational school with a campus in Blackwood. Its 14-track diesel truck technology program might be an attractive option to students who'd prefer to repair and diagnose heavy equipment, rather than operate it. Topics of study range from brakes and engine diagnostics to hydraulics and truck safety inspection. It should be noted that this school does not offer training programs designed to prepare students for crane operator certification or licensure.
Crane operators in particular need to obtain state licensure. Requirements include certification through the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO). Applicants for this credential must be at least 18 years old, comply with the NCCCO's ethics code and substance abuse policy, successfully complete a series of written and practical exams and meet a series of physical requirements.
Operators responsible for hauling construction equipment used to perform work on public roads need to apply for a New Jersey commercial driver's license (CDL). This entails passing a vision test as well as written and road tests.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type||Heavy Equipment Training Programs Offered||Program Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|International Union of Operating Engineers||N/A|| Heavy Equipment Operator Training Program,
Operating Engineers Certification Program
|Medical Consultants Instructional Training Center||For-profit vocational school||Heavy Equipment Operations Course||$4,000*|
|Pennco Tech||2-year, for-profit||Diesel/Truck Technology Certificate||$21,095**|
Sources: *Medical Consultants Instructional Training Center, **NCES College Navigator.