Why Choose Heavy Equipment Operations & Maintenance Diploma at CLC?
• Unique, one of a kind program within MnSCU.
• High placement rate in an industry that has a high demand for trained operators.
• Gain hands-on experience running equipment that’s fitted with the latest GPS technology
• Construct real-life projects in our 360-acre operations field.
• Earn your commercial driver’s license
Gordy Vierkant worked in Wyoming, Colorado and Minnesota in mining and road construction for 22 years before becoming a heavy equipment instructor at CLC in 1996. He was raised on a dairy and hog farm in Sauk Rapids, MN, and graduated from the Staples Vocational Technical Institute, now CLC, in the Heavy Equipment Program. Vierkant is a certified Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid instructor. Email Gordy for more information
Andy Anderson says his own education at CLC has led him to several opportunities, including serving as training director for IUOE Local 49. As a graduate of the Heavy Equipment Program, Anderson enjoys sharing his own experiences so his students can learn and grow from them. His sense of humor is just an added bonus to each class.
Anderson is a member of IUOE Local 49 and has a wide variety of field experience including: logging operations, grading and paving, site work, demolition, crane operation and he even did a brief stint on the Alberta clipper pipeline project. He has also done consulting work throughout North America on safe and efficient heavy equipment operations. Email Andy for more information
John Maleski’s passion for the construction trade first ignited as a child, watching his father as a heavy equipment operator. Before starting at CLC, Maleski managed a truck shop and later worked as an operator and mechanic at a sand and gravel pit. Today, he still stays connected with the industry by working part-time as an MSHA trainer and equipment operator. In that position, he helps contractors connect with CLC students who are looking for a career in the trade. Maleski graduated from CLC’s Diesel Equipment Program, so he holds great pride in coming back to the college to teach. Email John for more information
Corey Uhrich’s heavy construction career began in 1994 as an entry-level equipment operator for Strata Corporation in North Dakota. He later operated heavy equipment in earthwork, concrete, asphalt, underground, electrical and landscaping operations. Uhrich was promoted to earthwork superintendent with Strata Corporation and has performed on contracts up to $40 million. In 2008 Uhrich started teaching at CLC, continuing to operate heavy equipment part-time for Strata Corporation. Two years later, he began full-time at CLC. Uhrich is a certified OSHA construction outreach trainer, MNDOT aggregate production instructor, and Minnesota Department of Public Safety 3rd party CDL tester. He holds certifications for MNDOT Aggregate Production, Grading and Base I & II, Plan Reading, Erosion Control, Hazardous Materials Technician, and a current Class A CDL with doubles/triples, tanker, and hazardous material endorsements. Email Corey for more information
Annandale, MN – Graduate
I am a nontraditional student who returned to college after nearly a 20-year break from school. The CLC Heavy Equipment Program is top notch with many pieces of equipment to train on and instructors who are second to none. The instructors bring many years of hands-on experience to the classroom and operations field or sandbox. I felt very much at home the day I walked in the door of the CLC west campus, as the college has a small town feel that makes you feel like family while attending. While on campus I became involved in the Heavy Equipment Club and Student Senate. This is a great program that will train you to be successful in the world of dirt work.
Paynesville, MN – Graduate
I have nothing but good things to say about the program! I started back in 2012 with absolutely no experience and came out with the confidence that I could succeed and thrive in my future career. In my opinion, it isn’t just setup for inexperienced beginners, but the course is laid out very well to encompass anyone wanting to even expand their skills in the heavy equipment trade. The classes in the program relate to many areas associated with heavy equipment giving you everything you need to know to carry a project through from the first blueprints to the final pass with the dozer. All of the instructors are experienced operators, so you’re getting real tips and knowledge that is actually used on the job. They also try their hardest to get you lined up for a successful job before you walk through those doors on graduation day.
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