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The University of Texas at Arlington offers heavy equipment operator training for earthmoving, hoisting, and material handling equipment. The training programs cover: safety, preventive maintenance, inspections, applicable OSHA standards, and safe, correct operating techniques.

The training is conducted at the client’s site using the client's equipment.

Our heavy equipment operator and safety training program is designed to teach students the effective and efficient way to operate heavy equipment. Instruction is delivered through a blended approach which includes classroom instruction and in-the-seat operation of the equipment. These courses are designed to give a person the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to operate the following types of heavy equipment: Contract classes available, CLICK HERE FOR A QUOTE.

To receive a quote without submitting a form, please contact Jack Pettyjohn at 832-922-5674 or e-mail him.

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This course is designed to provide entry level skills for the operators of aerial/scissor lifts. The students will learn the proper selection and use of fall protection equipment to be used during the operation of aerial or scissor lifts. They will also learn the safe and correct methods of inspecting, driving, setting up the machine, and elevating the platform or basket to the work station. There must be a minimum of 10 students enrolled in this class.
For more information or to schedule a class contact
Jack Pettyjohn at 832-922-5674 or jcpetty@uta.edu


This course is designed to provide entry level skills for the operators of asphalt distributor trucks. Students will learn safety, pre-operational inspection, and preventive maintenance; safety systems; propane tank and burner specifics; air system maintenance; spray bar and spray nozzle maintenance; correct procedures for filling and draining tanks. The training will also cover asphalt and emulsion specifications; calculating application rates and application procedures.
For more information or to schedule a class contact
Jack Pettyjohn at 832-922-5674 or jcpetty@uta.edu


This course is designed to provide entry level skills for the operators of backhoes. Students will learn: safety, pre-operational inspections, and preventive maintenance; driving operations; brake steering; loading from and dressing stockpiles; basic trenching, excavating, backfilling, and grading; digging around utilities; hand signaling; trench safety; loading/unloading the machine from a trailer.
For more information or to schedule a class contact
Jack Pettyjohn at 832-922-5674 or jcpetty@uta.edu


This course is designed to provide entry level skills for the operators of bucket trucks. The students will learn the proper selection and use of fall protection equipment to be used during the operation of bucket trucks during routine operations such as sign and signal maintenance. They will also learn safe and correct methods of inspection, set up, and operation of the bucket truck. Emergency rescue procedures are also covered in the final field exercise.
For more information or to schedule a class contact
Jack Pettyjohn at 832-922-5674 or jcpetty@uta.edu


This course is designed to provide entry level skill for the operation of bucket truck/digger derricks, which are primarily used in the electric power distribution industry, but are also used in some transportation arenas for the erection of signs and traffic signals. The students will learn to properly select and use personal fall arrest systems to be worn while working in the bucket, pre-operational inspections, hand signaling, machine setup procedures, derrick capacities and interpreting load charts, safe procedures for working around overhead electrical lines, safe hoisting practices, rigging selection and inspections, deploying, using and stowing the drilling auger, and safe procedures for hoisting and erecting poles.
For more information or to schedule a class contact
Jack Pettyjohn at 832-922-5674 or jcpetty@uta.edu


This course is designed to provide entry level skills for the operators of compactors. Students will learn: safety, pre-operational inspections, and preventive maintenance; driving operations; compaction, and grading techniques.
For more information or to schedule a class contact
Jack Pettyjohn at 832-922-5674 or jcpetty@uta.edu


This course is designed to provide entry level skills for the operators of dozers. Students will learn safety, pre-operational inspection, and preventive maintenance to include track adjustments. They will also learn slot dozing and excavating, ditch cleanouts, building and dressing a stockpile, backfilling and grading excavations, leveling and grading a site, and loading/unloading from a trailer.
For more information or to schedule a class contact
Jack Pettyjohn at 832-922-5674 or jcpetty@uta.edu


This course is designed to provide entry level skills for the operators of articulating boom excavators. Students will learn: safety, pre-operational inspections, and preventive maintenance; track adjustments (if track mounted); driving, steering, and counter-steering operations; hand signaling; rigging and lifting with the bucket; excavating and loading from a stockpile; loading dump trucks; excavating, backfilling, and grading; loading/unloading from a trailer.
For more information or to schedule a class contact
Jack Pettyjohn at 832-922-5674 or jcpetty@uta.edu


This course is designed to provide entry level skills for the operators of truck mounted telescoping boom excavators. Students will learn: safety, pre-operational inspections, and preventive maintenance; driving and steering operations from both the driver and operator cab (if truck mounted); use of stabilizers and dozer blade (if so equipped); counter steering (if track mounted); hand signaling; rigging and lifting with the bucket; excavating and loading from a stockpile; excavating and cleaning out ditches; vee-ditching, backfilling, and grading. (This course can be modified to accommodate track mounted or rubber tired self-propelled excavators.)
For more information or to schedule a class contact
Jack Pettyjohn at 832-922-5674 or jcpetty@uta.edu


This course is designed to provide entry level skills for the operators of mini-excavators. Students will learn: safety, pre-operational inspections, and preventive maintenance; driving, steering and counter steering operations; hand signaling; rigging and lifting with the bucket; excavating, backfilling, and grading; loading/unloading from a trailer.
For more information or to schedule a class contact
Jack Pettyjohn at 832-922-5674 or jcpetty@uta.edu


This course is designed to meet the training requirements of the OSHA Standard for the operators of powered industrial trucks. The program consists of both classroom and hands on training. The classroom portion will cover: the design and features of forklift trucks; safety considerations; the difference between forklifts and automobiles in terms of steering and handling; stability factors; load capacities; pre-operational inspections; proper use of forks; loading, driving, stacking, and tiering loads; safe handling of LPG tanks and battery charging procedures. The hands on training will cover: pre-operational inspections; forklift controls; handling loads; steering, and carrying loads in forward and reverse; negotiating ramps; loading and unloading from racks and shelves; and the use of jib attachments.
For more information or to schedule a class contact
Jack Pettyjohn at 832-922-5674 or jcpetty@uta.edu


This course is designed to meet the training requirements of the OSHA Standard for the operators of rough terrain forklifts (both straight mast and telescoping boom reach lifts). The program consists of both classroom and hands on training. The classroom portion will cover: applicable OSHA standards; the differences between hard surface and rough terrain lifts; safety considerations; steering and control systems; stability factors; load capacities; forklift controls and proper use of forks; loading, driving, picking and setting loads; correct telescoping procedures. The hands on training will cover: pre-operational inspections; forklift controls; handling loads; steering; carrying loads in forward and reverse; traversing rough terrain; loading and unloading from trailers/docks; and picking and setting loads. There must be a minimum of 10 students enrolled in this class.
For more information or to schedule a class contact
Jack Pettyjohn at 832-922-5674 or jcpetty@uta.edu


This course is designed to provide entry level skills for the operators of motor graders. Students will learn safety, pre-operational inspection, and preventive maintenance. They will also learn forward and reverse driving technique; proper positioning of the wheels and blade for flat blading.
For more information or to schedule a class contact
Jack Pettyjohn at 832-922-5674 or jcpetty@uta.edu


The students will learn how to set up the machine for vee-ditching including setting the front wheel pitch, orienting the circle, and positioning the blade and blade pitch, and articulating the frame.
For more information or to schedule a class contact
Jack Pettyjohn at 832-922-5674 or jcpetty@uta.edu


The students will learn to deploy and use the scarifiers to break up and loosen the surface material, cut a flat bottom ditch, cut a ditch back slope, and pull road shoulder to grade.
For more information or to schedule a class contact
Jack Pettyjohn at 832-922-5674 or jcpetty@uta.edu


This course is designed to provide entry level skills for the operators of rollers. Students will learn: safety, pre-operational inspection, and preventive maintenance; correct and safe equipment operations such as correct use of the sprinkler system, driving operations, negotiating turns in forward and reverse; rolling a pattern, correct use of vibrators, and loading/unloading from a trailer.
For more information or to schedule a class contact
Jack Pettyjohn at 832-922-5674 or jcpetty@uta.edu


This course covers the safe operation of rotary brooms. Course topics include: pre-operational inspection; broom adjustments; personal protective equipment; sweeping procedures and techniques; safe driving practices on roadways.
For more information or to schedule a class contact
Jack Pettyjohn at 832-922-5674 or jcpetty@uta.edu


This course is designed to provide entry level skills for the operators of skid steers. Students will learn: safety, pre-operational inspection, and preventive maintenance. They will also learn the correct and safe methods to load from and dress a stockpile, excavate, backfill and grade a surface with the bucket, negotiate slopes, loaded and unloaded, and loading/unloading from a trailer.

4-hour Addition for Attachments: If desired, a 4-hour addition to the program including instruction on the safe, correct operation of the use of skid steer attachments, such as forks, brooms, mowers, flails, augers, and planers is available.
For more information or to schedule a class contact
Jack Pettyjohn at 832-922-5674 or jcpetty@uta.edu


This course is designed to provide entry level skills for the operators of sweepers. Students will learn: safety, pre-operational inspection, and preventive maintenance; correct and safe equipment operations such as how to make adjustments to the brooms and drives, orient the sweeper and its attachments, sweep a roadway, and dump the collector.
For more information or to schedule a class contact
Jack Pettyjohn at 832-922-5674 or jcpetty@uta.edu


This course is designed to provide entry level skills for the operators of track loaders. Students will learn: safety, pre-operational inspection, and preventive maintenance; track inspection and adjustment; driving and steering operations; hand signaling; loading from and dressing a stockpile; excavating, backfilling, and grading; loading/unloading from a trailer.
For more information or to schedule a class contact
Jack Pettyjohn at 832-922-5674 or jcpetty@uta.edu


This course is designed to provide entry level skills for the operators of wheel loaders. Students will learn: safety, pre-operational inspections, and preventive maintenance; driving operations; loading from, building, and dressing stockpiles; excavating, backfilling, and grading.
For more information or to schedule a class contact
Jack Pettyjohn at 832-922-5674 or jcpetty@uta.edu





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