College Credit

  • NMCC: Occupational Safety (1 cr)

Industry Certifications:

  • First Aid/CPR/AED

  • OSHA 10-Hour

  • Mine Safety Health Administration (MSHA) Certification

High School Credit:

  • 3 Elective Credits

Large Equipment Maintenance & Operation

This course provides experience in operation of heavy equipment as well as instruction of mechanical maintenance on large industrial equipment.  Students will learn to operate and maintain everything in our equipment fleet, which includes: a backhoe, excavator, bulldozer, D7, skid steer, forklift, Cat loader, Cat Grader, Volvo loader, mule, multiple dump trucks, road tractors, lowbed, tag trailer, screen plant, and attachments for the loaders and skid steer.  Students will use equipment to plow snow, load gravel, dig trenches, plow parking lots and haul materials.  Our fleet of large equipment is very impressive and unparalleled in this area. 


The Large Equipment students complete various live work projects in the community throughout the year.  This may include deforestation and groundwork for new construction, removing trees and stumps, ditching, screening, demolition of old/unsafe structures, and snow removal and grading.  Most of the time, our students are outside of the building or off campus.  

A valid Maine driver’s license is required to take this program.  If space is available, we may allow students without a driver’s license up until we return from Harvest Break (mid-October) to obtain their driver’s license.  We will give admission preference to a student who has their CDL license because then we have a driver for our dump trucks to and from job sites.  For this reason, we recommend that a student who wants to take both Large Equipment and CDL, complete CDL first if possible.

Students in this program are heavily recruited by local and statewide employers.  Many of our graduates consider pursuing their education in Diesel Hydraulics, Forestry, Logging, or Mechanized Logging.

Heavy Equipment and Commercial Driving

Planning, management and movement of people, materials and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related professional and technical support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance.

Tech Staff

Tom Huston

CDL and Large Equipment Instructor