Heavy equipment operator salaries can vary greatly throughout the state of Nebraska. The average salary in Norfolk, for example, is $41,295 but ranges all the way up to $58,506 in Omaha and Bellevue.
The operating engineer field in Nebraska saw an employment rise of 8.1% in 2015, bringing the number of HEO jobs up to over 2,700.
Heavy equipment operator training courses
The Associated General Contractors of America
635 South 14th Street Suite 125 Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
The AGC has implemented a heavy equipment operator training course at their Hastings facility, starting in the 2016 school year. The program lasts for a full school year and is a 37-hour diploma. The study is broken down into nine hours of general studies, 26 hours devoted to heavy equipment training, and two hours for CDL Class B prep.
Although the program is new, there is still a diverse equipment line for individuals to train upon. Machinery includes a skid steer, backhoe, dozer, small excavator, motor grader, front-end loader, and dump truck. ACG has plans to expand their training equipment to include a directional drill, a scraper, and compaction equipment.