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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Heavy Equipment - Pennsylvania Customized Test (7572)

Course Category: 
NOCTI proctored test centers throughout Pennsylvania. This assessment is not available through Nocti Business Solutions.
September 2011 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: explain the appropriate safety dress code for a construction worker on job sites and the role safety plays in the construction crafts and describe job-site safety; explain appropriate safety precautions around common job-site hazards; explain importance of HAZ COM requirement and MSDS; describe fire prevention and fire-fighting techniques; describe OSHA  and what part it plays in job-site safety; practice safe equipment transportation on public roads and job sites; practice job-site safety for prevention of slip and fall and pinch-point accidents and electrocutions; identify the main risk and safety factors involved in trenching; identify blind spots on and around heavy equipment and importance to the highway inspector; define the importance of securing equipment after working hours; describe what specifications are; describe what a right-of-way is; match terms associated with soil to the correct definitions; select from a list types of compacting equipment; name the basic soil stabilization methods; define terms associated with basic earth moving operations; lay out an earthmoving operation given the basic information and general requirements; describe various methods for keeping construction sites well drained; describe erosion and sedimentation control measures; properly fill out a job application; describe appopriate behavior during a job interview; research information for potential careers; develop a five-year plan for potential career and or education advancement; describe the basic procedures for taking care of tools; recognize and identify some of the commonly used power tools in the construction trade; identify and describe the use of slings and common rigging hardware; describe the basic hitch configurations and their proper connections and basic load-handling safety practices; demonstrate proper use of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) hand signals; describe basic safety precautions taken into consideration while operating a fork lift; research technical information in service, parts and operation manuals; describe the operation of a hand held grease gun; recite the preventive maintenance responsibilities of the operator; specify the basic equipment subsystems; identify sources of engine oil contamination; list safety tips when working on a cooling system; properly jump-start vehicles equipped with either 12-volt or 12- to 24-volt electrical systems; explain basic principles of hydraulics and hazards associated with hydraulic systems; list safety tips when working on or around tires and rims; identify equipment used by the operator to check stakes and grades; state the meaning of slope ratio; calculate cuts and fills using an engineer's rule and hand level; define terms associated with plan reading, grade setting, and drainage; list all safety devices used on the articulating dump; explain warning controls and their functions; identify risks and safety factors involved in transporting and dumping articulating dump load; demonstrate proper pre-start and post-start check of an articulating dump; identify the basic components of a articulating dump; demonstrate positioning the truck for a safe dumping condition; list all safety devices used on the skid steer loader; remove and install the bucket and/or attachment; excavate materials to build a stockpile of material; demonstrate load and carry operations, bank loading, proper loading techniques; state safety rules for operating a backhoe loader; identify basic components of a backhoe loader; list the attachment used on backhoe loaders; remove and install backhoe bucket; excavate a trench with a level bottom; demonstrate loading techniques with the backhoe bucket; excavate material with loader bucket to build a pile; demonstrate load and carry operations; change bucket teeth; backfill a trench with the loader and/or backhoe buckets; demonstrate machine repositioning techniques while using the backhoe; state safety rules for operating a bulldozer; identify basic components of a bulldozer; check and adjust track tension; demonstrate forming a stockpile; cut and carry dozing; demonstrate cutting a road into a side hill; demonstrate moving stockpile from point "A" to point "B"; demonstrate spreading material into 6" layers; demonstrate slot dozing; identify basic components of a crawler loader; change bucket teeth; check and adjust track tension; demonstrate loading from a stockpile into a dump truck; excavate a cellar to specifications; demonstrate cutting a road into a side hill; spread material in 6" lifts or layer; list safety rules for operating a wheel loader; describe the accessories used on wheel loaders; perform preventative maintenance according to manufacturer's recommendations; safely move and park machines; demonstrate bank loading into dump trucks; demonstrate loading from a stockpile into a dump truck; form a stockpile; load and carry operations; spreading material in 6" layers; state safety rules for operating an excavator; identify the basic components of an excavator; perform preventative; maintenance according to manufacturer's recommendations; demonstrate the proper pre-start and post-start check of an excavator; start the engine and demonstrate engine warm-up and shutdown procedures; remove, install, and adjust bucket; check and adjust track tension; move concrete barriers and structures;  place objects in specified areas with an excavator bucket within specified time limit; load a dump truck; excavate a  trench that is 10-feet wide and 50 feet long according to OSHA standards then backfilling; perform a counter rotational turn while holding the upper structure in 1 position. Performance Component: Dig a Flat Bottom Trench Using a Backhoe (24%); Perform a Pre-Operational Inspection on a Skid Steer Loader; Identify Lubrication Points and Lubricate a Grease Fitting (12%); Properly Set Up a Laser and Determine Elevations at 4 Grade Stakes Off of a Benchmark (17%); Back Fill Trench and Grade with a Dozer (27%); Load a Haul Unit with a Wheel or Crawler Loader (29%).


This exam assesses individuals' end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format. In addition, some programs administer a performance component test to assess application of skills.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Heavy Equipment Operations (11/13) (11/18 revalidation) (11/23 revalidation). NOTE: An additional 1-2 credits may be awarded based on successful completion of the Performance Component when given in conjunction with the written proficiency examination.