Commercial & Heavy Construction

WHAT DOES AN OPERATING ENGINEER DO?

A career as an operating engineer is the first step toward building a future in construction. On commercial and heavy construction projects, our grads operate several types of construction equipment such as graders, bulldozers, scrapers and front-end loaders. Equipment repair and maintenance might also be required. If you are serious about a career in construction, this is a great place to start.

LEARNING AT WASHBURN TECH

The program, available to only post-secondary students, introduces the basic skills used in commercial and heavy construction projects. It combines lecture, lab and work-site experience where you will utilize your equipment skills. You should have solid math and reading skills before applying to this program. Attending full-time, you can complete the program in two semesters. Upon completion, you will earn a 43 credit hour technical certificate and be eligible to complete an associate or more advanced degree at Washburn University.  In addition, you will be eligible to become a National Center for Construction Education and Research Certified Craft Technician.

JOB AND SALARY OUTLOOK

Employment of construction equipment operators is expected to increase by 12 percent from 2008 until 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The federal government is likely to spend money on infrastructure improvement projects, such as roads and bridges, meaning more jobs in the field.  In 2015, the average salary for an entry-level operating engineer in Shawnee County was $13.17 an hour or $27,394 annually, according to the Kansas Department of Labor. The average wage was $17.55 an hour or $36,513 annually.

Annual wage / salary

Hourly wage

Entry $27,394 $13.17
Average $36,513 $17.55

CERTIFICATIONS

  • NCCER Core
  • Competent Person
  • CDL-A
  • OSHA-30 Construction

SCHEDULE

This program begins every August and you must be an adult student to enroll.

Daytime Option:
M-F 8:00a—2:55p (1 year pathway)