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Basic Heavy Equipment Operator program graduates 12

Nov. 15, 2017

 Group photo of Heavy Equipment grads

Moving large amounts of earth takes special skill.

In order to do that in a safe and effective manner, 12 people enrolled in and recently completed the Basic Heavy Equipment Operator program offered through Nicolet College.

Along with basic equipment operation and different earth-moving techniques, the nearly 100 hours of training included electromechanical fundamentals, site preparation and grading, transporting equipment, and flagging.

The program was created through a collaborative effort between Nicolet, the Lac du Flambeau Tribe and the Sokaogon Chippewa Community.

The students were selected through a competitive application process with scholarships provided by the Tribal Labor Advisory Committee, which seeks to enhance and expand Native American job opportunities on Wisconsin Department of Transportation projects.

Several area companies worked with Nicolet to provide field-based instruction and technical expertise. These included Ponsse North America, Musson Brothers, and CrossTrac Forestry Equipment (formerly Pioneer Equipment) in Rhinelander, Nortrax in Merrill, and Enterprise Forest Products in Enterprise.

 Graduates, instructors, and staff involved with Nicolet’s Basic Heavy Equipment Operator class, pictured above, include front row, left to right, Sandy Bishop, Nicolet dean of Workforce and Economic Development, Tina Webster, Green Bay, Tanya Manuelito, Hayward, Chris Cornelius, Seymour, Ned Daniels, Crandon, William Chapman, Lac du Flambeau; back row, Dan Linsmeyer, lead Nicolet instructor, Michael Chevalier, Keshena, Frank Miller, Hayward, Michael Quaderer, Hayward, Brennan Potack, Stone Lake, Channing Deverney, Fence, Mike Belisle Jr., Shell Lake, Mark England, Nicolet instructor, and Pete Vanney, Nicolet director of Facilities and instructor.