Stanly Community College (SCC) launched the Heavy Equipment Operations (HVEQ) program in 2009 with only three pieces of equipment. The program began as a JobsNOW "12 and 6" initiative, a collaborative effort between the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Division of Workforce Development, Centralina Workforce Development Board, and the North Carolina Community College System. It was subsidized under the Workforce Investment Act through funds by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Today, the HVEQ program has grown into a regional site that offers industry-recognized credentials, such as the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Operator 1 and 2 Certifications, along with an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 30-hour Construction Credential. Students also have an opportunity to earn a Heavy Equipment Operator Diploma, a Basic Operational Techniques Certificate, and an Intermediate Operational Techniques Certificate. The program offers a 15-acre training site housed on the Albemarle campus and seven pieces of earth-moving equipment, including the newest addition, the Cat® D4K2 Track-Type Tractor for students to practice on. "Our new dozer comes with the latest technology that Caterpillar has to offer. It comes with the AccuGrade™ Grade Control System that tells slope percent in two directions. It has an accuracy of .1%, which is one-tenth of a foot of rise or fall in 100 feet. It's equipped with an automatic feature that will hold the blade at any set position," noted Joshua Aldridge, Program Head for the Heavy Equipment Operations program at SCC.
The Cat® D4K2 Track-Type Tractor was purchased largely with funds from the Cannon Charitable Trusts. The Charitable Trusts were established by Charles A. Cannon, industrialist and humanitarian, who was President and Chairman of Cannon Mills Company for more than 50 years. SCC is fortunate to be a designated beneficiary of the Charitable Trusts. The Charitable Trusts believe in the work SCC is doing to provide workforce training in Stanly County.
Graduates of the program may find employment with state and local government agencies and private contractors engaged in highway or other construction activities. According to EMSI Data (www.economicmodeling.com), by 2020, there will be nearly 3,316 job opportunities in our region that currently pay a median hourly earnings of $16.73 per hour.
For more information, contact Joshua Aldridge at (704) 991-0173 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joshua Aldridge, Program Head for the Heavy Equipment Operations program at SCC, operates the newest piece of heavy equipment, the Cat® D4K2 Track-Type Tractor. HVEQ classes begin in August.