Iḷisaġvik College Heavy Equipment Operations Program

Heavy Equipment Operations

CDL/Heavy Truck Operations Certificate

Program Overview

The CDL/Heavy Truck Operations program provides training in the safe operation and practical maintenance of a Class 8 tractor-trailer combination. Students will receive certificates indicating specific competencies upon completion of program requirements.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of all requirements of the Heavy Truck Operations Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Recognize safety hazards inherent in the operation of heavy equipment.
  • Perform pre-trip and post-trip inspections.
  • Apply knowledge concerning the service and maintenance of heavy equipment in arctic conditions.
  • Maintain and perform proper shop and tool safety precautions.

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

In order to be accepted into the Heavy Truck Operations program, the student must submit an application for admission, be at least 19 years old and have possessed a valid Class D driver’s license for ONE YEAR prior to admission or receive instructor permission. Students must also pass a drug test required by the Alaska Department of Transportation regulations.

Students must be in good physical condition, be able to pass the vision tests associated with state driver testing, and be able to hear safety alarms and noises associated with malfunctioning equipment. Students are expected to be able to read and understand task descriptions, safety manuals, and safety and warning signs. Students must also be able to give and receive oral safety warnings, instructions and task assignments.

Students may register for individual Heavy Truck Operations courses on instructor’s approval. Students registering for the complete program have priority enrollment. Students are urged to apply as early as possible for this program. Enrollment is limited and the training is in heavy demand. Students who are put on the wait list for the semester in which they applied will be given preference in the following semester. Successful applicants must also fulfill general college admission requirements.

This program repeats every semester.

Heavy Equipment Operations Certificate

Program Overview

Students will become familiar with basic operation and control system functions of heavy equipment and standard operating procedures as well as other duties required of a heavy equipment operator. This equipment will be operated in a controlled environment for the first four weeks of instruction. The last two weeks, students operate in real life simulation. This course includes classroom and outdoor usage of basic construction surveying techniques utilizing the National Council for Construction Education and Research curriculum.

Program Outcomes

Students will have basic skills required to operate heavy equipment and construction survey equipment. Upon completion of all requirements of the Heavy Equipment Operations Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Recognize safety hazards inherent in the operation of heavy equipment.
  • Perform pre-trip and post-trip inspections.
  • Apply knowledge concerning the service and maintenance of heavy equipment in arctic conditions.
  • Maintain and perform proper shop and tool safety precautions.
  • Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

Students must possess a Class B/CDL with Air Brake endorsement or receive instructor permission. Students are urged to apply as early as possible for this program. Enrollment is limited and the training is in heavy demand. Students who are put on the wait list for the semester in which they applied will be given preference in the following semester. Successful applicants must also fulfill general college admission requirements. Students must also pass a drug test required by the Alaska Department of Transportation regulations.

This program repeats once during the summer semester.

325 Vac Truck Operations Certificate

Program Overview

Students will become familiar with basic operation and control system functions of the 325 Vac Truck and with standard operating procedures and other duties required of a 325 Vac Truck Operator. This equipment is used in Alaska oil fields to transport and support fluid transfers.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of this course, students will have knowledge of basic operation procedures used by ASRC Energy Services in Kuparuk. Students will participate in the hands-on transfer of fresh water from storage containers to the 325 Vac Truck.

Upon completion of all requirements of the 325 Vac Truck Operations Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Recognize safety hazards inherent in the operation of the 325 Vac Truck.
  • Perform pre-trip and post-trip inspections.
  • Apply knowledge concerning the service and maintenance of heavy equipment in arctic conditions.
  • Maintain and perform proper shop and tool safety precautions.
  • Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

Students are required to pass all security and background checks, and obtain all necessary qualifications and certificates to operate in the Alaska oil fields. Students must meet additional qualifications as stated by ASRC Energy Services at the time of travel to Kuparuk. Federal drug and alcohol testing is required. They must have a current Unrestricted Class A/CDL with ‘X’ endorsement or instructors permission to be accepted into the course (off campus travel will be required during training).

Students are urged to apply as early as possible for this program. Enrollment is limited and the training is in heavy demand. Students who are put on the wait list for the semester in which they applied will be given preference in the following semester. Successful applicants must also fulfill general College admission requirements. Students must also pass a drug test required by the Alaska Department of Transportation regulations.

This program repeats Spring and Fall semesters.