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Ground Transportation is a degree category that consists of the following common degrees:

  • Heavy Equipment Operation



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    Heavy Equipment Operation

    Heavy equipment operators drive equipment such as bulldozers, forklifts, and hydraulic truck cranes on construction sites. They work on residential, commercial, industrial, and civic infrastructure construction projects. Heavy equipment operator training programs provide students with the knowledge and skills required to safely operate, maintain, and conduct on-the-job adjustments to heavy equipment.

    The typical curriculum prepares students to work as:

    • Construction equipment operators, who handle loading and excavation machines used to dig and lift sand, gravel, or earth
    • Paving and surface equipment operators, who use equipment to spread concrete and asphalt in the construction of roads
    • Pile-driver operators, who control equipment to hammer heavy beams of wood, concrete, and steel into the ground

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  • Railroad Operations



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    Railroad Operations

    Railways play a vital social and economic role throughout the world. They are responsible for 43 percent of all intercity freight transportation in the US.

    Railroad operations training programs produce the conductors, dispatchers, mechanics, and laborers that keep these complex systems working. The typical curriculum covers the history of the railroad industry, government rules and regulations pertaining to rail transportation, operating and inspection procedures, hazardous materials handling, and career opportunities in the field.

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