Heavy Equipment Academy

Ready to start a career in heavy equipment? We have a six-week program in partnership with, Vol State, NUCA of Middle TN NUCA of Middle TN, and Middle TN Workforce Development Academy.

front loader, heavy equipmentParticipants will receive certification training on National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum and proper OSHA certification. In addition to the NCCER certifications, participants will train and obtain certification in the operation of heavy equipment via the CAT Scholars program through simulator-based training. Upon successful completion of NCCER, OSHA, and simulator coursework participants will be assigned to employers to continue with on-the-job training and potential employment opportunities.

Tennessee has a significant demand for Heavy Equipment Operators and the average salary is $63,116.00.

Are you currently working and if so, will your work schedule allow you to attend day classes at Vol State in Gallatin from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday?

  • Cohorts are limited to 30 participants.
  • Multiple cohorts are being planned to take place 2-3 times per year.
  • Participants must be 18 years of age at the completion of the first six weeks of training and prior to being released to on-the-job training.
  • If you are a high school senior, please indicate as such so that we can assign you the proper cohort within the calendar year.


  • Basic Safety/OSHA 10
  • CPR/First Aid/AED
  • NCCER 00100 Core – Build Your Future in Construction
  • NCCER Core 00107 – Communication Skills
  • NCCER 22101 – Orientation to the Trades
  • NCCER 00106 – Basic Rigging
  • NCCER 22209 – Civil Drawings
  • NCCER 22102 – Heavy Equipment Safety
  • NCCER 22207 – Excavation Math
  • NCCER 22308 – Soils
  • NCCER Core 00105 – Construction Drawings
  • NCCER Core 00109 – Material Handling
  • NCCER Core 00102 – Construction Math
  • NCCER Core 00108 – Employability Skills
  • NCCER Core 00103 – Intro to Hand Tools
  • NCCER Core 00104 – Intro to Power Tools
  • Job site tours (scheduled by NUCA)

Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

For questions, call us at (615) 230-3321 or email Cheryl.Bell@volstate.edu.

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Heavy Equipment Academy Interest Form

Please fill out the form below if you are interested in the Academy, would like more information, or have any questions.