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Construction, Machinery Operator Pathway

Construction, Machinery Operator Pathway

Pathway Overview

The Construction Machinery Operator program is a four (4) course instructional Pathway designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to begin a career as a heavy equipment operator. The Delaware Department of Labor has identified this career field as “high demand,” and students may enter the construction industry immediately following high school or after obtaining a college degree. The program includes both virtual and real seat time operating a skid-steer, backhoe, excavator, bulldozer, and forklift. Other topics include OSHA Construction Safety, ATSSA Flagger Certification, hand and power tool use, print reading, and grading/earth moving. The training in this unique Pathway will take place at both the high school and Delaware Tech’s Middletown Training Center. Students will earn high school credit, up to nine (9) Delaware Tech advanced standing college credits, OSHA and ATSSA Certifications, and the option for advanced standing in the State of Delaware Registered Apprenticeship Program.

Pathway Courses



1 Credit

This course will provide students with the basic knowledge and understanding of the construction industry. The students will learn how to safely operate hand and power tools, as well as become OSHA Construction Safety Certified. Other topics include an overview of the construction industry and heavy equipment operation, construction careers, measurements, print reading, and construction math (including square and cubic calculations).



1 Credit + 3 College Credits

This course will utilize technology to allow the safe practice of operating heavy equipment using simulators. Students will learn to read civil drawings along with added print reading practice. Other topics include equipment identification and safe operation, earthmoving, and grading techniques. Students that earn a minimum grade in this course are eligible to receive 3 college credits at DTCC.

*Prerequisite: Foundations of Construction



1 Credit + 3 College Credits

This course will provide students with ample live “seat time” on various pieces of heavy equipment. This will include (but is not limited to) a backhoe, excavator, bulldozer, skid-steer, and forklift. Students will also earn the ATSSA flagger certification and forklift safety certificate. Students that earn a minimum grade in this course are eligible to receive 3 college credits at DTCC. 

*Prerequisite: Introduction to Machinery Operation



1 Credit + 3 College Credits

The Construction Capstone course provides work experience in a field related to construction. Goals are typically set cooperatively by the student, teacher, and employer (although students are not necessarily paid). These courses may include classroom activities as well, involving the further study of the field or discussion regarding experiences that students encounter in the workplace. 

*Prerequisite: Advanced Machinery Operator


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