COVID-19 Updates: Heavy Equipment Courses are being offered during the Spring 2021 semester. Courses will be offered in a hybrid model where lectures will occur online and labs will be in-person and on equipment.

A Certificate Program 

Learning to operate heavy equipment has always developed employable skills essential to many occupations. The Equipment Operations & Maintenance Certificate program offered by Shasta College emphasizes the “learning-by-doing” method of instruction on modern up-to-date equipment. With an eight-acre training site and storm water pollution prevention training, you are sure to experience your education.

Hands-On Training

Equipment training includes but is not limited to:   

  • Bulldozer Compaction
  • Equipment Water
  • Truck Motor Grader
  • Scraper Backhoe
  • Loader Wheel Tractor
  • Dump Truck
  • Fork Lift
  • Skid Steer Laser Leveling 

Career Opportunities 

Some of the career opportunities available to you using equipment operation and maintenance skills:

Federal Agencies 

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • National Park Service
  • Soil Conservation Service
  • U.S. Forest Service

State Agencies

  • Department of Forestry
  • Department of Transportation
  • Fish and Game

Local Government Agencies 

  • City Parks and Roads Departments
  • County Parks and Roads Departments
  • Municipal Agencies

Private Industry 

  • Equipment Repair Companies
  • Erosion Control / Restoration Companies
  • Logging Companies
  • Lumber Companies
  • Private Construction Companies

The Course of Study

Completion of specific courses in equipment operation, diesel mechanics, environmental resources, etc., are required before a certificate can be issued. See the current Shasta College Catalog, which is also available online at

Program Topics

Heavy emphasis is placed on safety, preoperative checks, basic operational skill development and environmental awareness.

Course topics include

  • Safety
  • Starting/Stopping Techniques
  • Pre and Postoperative Equipment Checks
  • Job Cost Analysis
  • Equipment Operation
  • Grade Stakes/Surveying
  • Preventive Maintenance Program
  • Moving Soil to Grade
  • Watershed Restoration
  • Ecosystem Sensitivity
  • Transporting Equipment

Student Club

Heavy equipment students can gain leadership skills through participation in our student club, the Shasta College Constructors. This club is affiliated with the Associated General Contractors of California.

Advisory Committee Guidance

All of the programs offered by the Agriculture and Natural Resources Division are periodically reviewed by a broad cross-section of community business and professional individuals in related fields of work.  These industry representatives help ensure we are offering an up-to-date program.​​​

Start Your Future at Shasta College

We are dedicated to helping you reach your educational and career goals. To begin your journey, apply for admissions today!