Heavy Equipment Logging Operations and Maintenance Certificate
Certificate | SC Program: CT.3454
The Shasta College Heavy Equipment Logging Operations (HELO) Program is a one-of-a-kind effort to increase workforce capacity in areas of fuels reduction, mechanized logging, and sustainable forest management. Our HELO program is funded by California Climate Investments and administered by the CAL FIRE Forest Health grant program in collaboration with public agencies, private industry, and employer partners.
For more information or to get started, contact us at HEOP.
California Registered Apprenticeship Forest Training (CRAFT)
The Shasta College HELO program is an official pre-apprenticeship program for the California Registered Apprenticeship Forest Training (CRAFT), a statewide apprenticeship program for employees in the timber harvesting industry. For more information, visit https://craftprogram.net/
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Fall Semester, First Year16 Units Total
This class covers basic skill-level operation and maintenance heavy equipment used on logging sites. Operational equipment used may include the following: skidders, feller-bunchers, log loaders, and processors. This course is subject to the special admissions requirements of the Shasta College Heavy Equipment Program, which includes regular drug and alcohol testing.
This class will advance basic skill-level operation of logging equipment. Students will be operating equipment at an active logging site. Equipment used will include skidders, feller-bunchers, log loaders, and processors. This lab requires enrollment in a federal-level drug testing program.
This class covers the practical application of advanced skills needed to be a successful logging equipment operator. Students will be harvesting and processing trees at an active logging site for delivery to a sawmill. Equipment used will include skidders, feller-bunchers, log loaders, processors and log trucks.
This class covers basic skill-level operation and maintenance of on- and off-road heavy equipment including agriculture and earth moving. Students will not be allowed to operate road equipment without license and driving record. Operational equipment used may include any of the following: dump truck, grader, backhoe, dozer, farm tractor, loader, excavator, forklift, scraper, and chainsaws. The lecture portion of this course may be offered in a distance education format.
Please see a counselor to discuss options for meeting general education requirements for transfer to California State Universities (CSU) and/or University of California (UC) campuses, as well as any specific additional courses that may be required by your chosen institution of transfer.
*Alternative Courses: Please see a Shasta College counselor for alternative course options. You can also view the following to find other courses to meet degree/certificate requirements:
- California State Universities – General Education
- IGETC – Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum
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