Heavy Equipment Training Schools in Florida with Program Info

Research heavy equipment training in Florida, which currently has 12 schools offering these programs. Read overviews of the certificates and get some quick facts for two Florida schools to decide which program is right for you.

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Florida Schools Providing Heavy Equipment Training

Students in Florida who are seeking to learn how to operate and maintain heavy equipment vehicles can do so by enrolling in training programs offered at a select number of schools throughout the state. Students can choose between heavy equipment certificate or apprenticeship programs, which are offered mainly through technical colleges or institutes. Two Florida technical schools and the heavy equipment training programs they offer are discussed in this article. Get specifics about program length, required coursework and hands-on training opportunities. Find facts about each school contained in the table at the bottom of this article.

  • At Mid Florida Tech, students can learn how to work on diesel engines. The school is located in Orlando, seven miles south of the city's downtown area.
  • Washington-Holmes Technical Center is based approximately 85 miles west of Tallahassee. The center offers certificate programs in heavy equipment mechanics and operations.

Mid Florida Tech

Mid Florida Tech offers a number of professional, technical and continuing education programs for students near Orlando, Florida. The 2-year public college offers 53 certificate programs in arts and entertainment, legal services, hospitality, automotive technology, construction, health services and business administration.

Diesel Technology Certificate Program

This program, which is approved by the National Automotive Service Technicians Education Foundation and meets academic standards set by the Automotive Service Excellence Standards of Quality, prepares students to work as heavy equipment mechanics. Students learn to install, repair and maintain mechanical components in vehicles with diesel engines. The program provides students with 1,350 hours of training and includes courses in diesel mechanics, occupational safety, electrical components and diagnostic engine services.

The diesel engines program offers specializations for diesel hydraulic technicians, brake technicians, heating and cooling technicians, steering and suspension technicians and drive train technician. After completing this program, students may find jobs with dealerships, repair shops, heavy vehicle rental companies and construction businesses.

Washington-Holmes Technical Center

Washington-Holmes Technical Center, established in 1965, is a small college that offers 24 technical and professional programs. Located in northwest Florida, Washington-Holmes Technical Center offers separate programs for heavy equipment operators and heavy equipment mechanics.

Heavy Equipment Operation Certificate Program

Students in the heavy equipment operation program learn to safely operate heavy trucks, bulldozers, tractors and other large vehicles. The program provides 1,200 hours of training and includes courses in heavy equipment vehicle maintenance, tractor operation, off-road equipment operation and crane operation. Students learn proper operational practices and how to work with other construction professionals to meet overall transportation objectives. Heavy equipment labs teach students advanced operation skills such as digging, grading and excavating.

Heavy Equipment Mechanics Certificate Program

This program provides students with 1,800 hours of training. Students learn to repair and maintain engine, brake, fuel and drive train systems in heavy equipment vehicles. The program teaches students to perform basic and advanced mechanical repairs on tractors, heavy trucks, bulldozers and other vehicles with diesel engines. Courses are offered in diesel engine mechanics, preventative maintenance, diesel brake systems, heating, cooling, steering, suspension and power train systems. Students who complete this program can seek positions as heavy equipment mechanics with construction companies, mechanic shops, heavy equipment dealerships and similar employers.

Comparison of Schools

Whether you wish to operate or repair heavy equipment, you might consider all factors of a school before selecting a training program. Read below for helpful statistical information regarding each school's tuition, population, acceptance rates, graduation rates and more.

Mid Florida Tech Washington-Holmes Technical Center
School Type2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2013)2,025* 349*
Campus Setting Large suburb Distant town
Tuition (2013-2014)$5,240 (Total program cost )* Mechanics program: $5,000 (in-state, per term), $19,000 (out-of-state, per term)**
Operators program: $3,400 (in-state, per term), $12,700 (out-of-state, per term)**
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2012-2013)96%* 88%*
Acceptance Rate (2013)100% (open admissions policy)* 100% (open admissions policy)*
Retention Rate (2013)77%* 79%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2013)23%* 63%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator. ** Washington-Holmes Technical Center.

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      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
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      • Undergraduate: Associate
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      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
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      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
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      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
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      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
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      • Graduate: First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Transportation and Distribution
      • Medical Ethics and Bioethics
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      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
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      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Transportation and Distribution
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      • Graduate: First Professional Degree, Master
      • Non-Degree: Coursework
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
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      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
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