Operator Training


The success of your business depends on the ability of your operators. Good operators move the maximum amount of material in the minimum amount of time. They operate machines safely, and they know how to cut down on unnecessary wear and tear.

With Certified Operator Training from Empire, you can elevate your operators and get the full potential out of your investment. From asphalt pavers to wheel loaders, our experts work with your team to recommend training solutions aimed at transforming your jobsite, like available or customized classes and certifications. 

View classes below or contact us at 520-631-4956 to get started.

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We offer hands-on training solutions that produce results.


Level II Operator Training

Reduce wear and tear on machines and maximize production with proper operating techniques. Improve productivity, component life, and operator well-being while reducing tire wear, fuel and GET costs. Take the next step and register for any of the upcoming Level II Classes.

Medium Hydraulic Excavator

September 11-13, 2023


Backhoe Loader

September 25-27, 2023


Medium Wheel Loader

October 2-4, 2023


Mini HEX & Skid Steer Loader

October 16-18, 2023


Medium Dozer

November 6-8, 2023


M Series Motor Grader

December 4-6, 2023 


"Prior to the motor grader class I took, I only had 30 minutes in the seat. Once I was done with the classroom and hands-on training, I was able to go to work, jump in a machine and start doing subgrade. It was worth it.”  - Joseph V.


No matter the skill level, years of experience, or jobsite needs, we have a class for you.

    • This entry-level course is excellent for beginning operators or those who need instruction on a machine or machine group they aren’t familiar with. Topics include safety, machine inspection, cab and control locations and operation, and fundamental technique training.

      Duration: 1 Day

      NOTE: This training can be used to document that an operator has been trained on the safety features and operation of the machine group.

      • Our Level II course is designed for operators who possess approximately one year of field experience but are only familiar with one type of machine. This course is designed to improve operating and application efficiencies. Topics include safety, operational fundamentals, operation time under supervised instructors, skills evaluation, and improvement recommendations.

        Duration: 3 Days

        NOTE: This training can be used to document that an operator has been trained on the safety features and operation of the machine group.

        • This construction excavation safety course is designed to provide contractors with an awareness of the 1926 Subpart P Excavation Standard. Tasks that will be performed include classifying soil, inspecting protective systems, designing structural ramps, monitoring water removal equipment, and conducting site inspections.

          Duration: 1 Day

          • This program is intended to evaluate the operating skills and productivity of individuals with existing operating experience on a specific machine family - and compare them against the competency standards of Caterpillar. Certification is earned by conducting a thorough walkaround inspection, passing a safety quiz with a score of 100% and passing a written knowledge assessment with a minimum score of 80%.

            Duration: 1 Day Per Machine

            This certification course is NOT intended for inexperienced operators and DOES NOT include training.

            • This course trains and certifies operators to have a basic level of knowledge to work safely on MEWP or Telehandler Forklift equipment and conduct safety / service inspections to meet OSHA or ANSI requirements.

              Duration: 4 to 8 Hours

              • A customized training that educates operators on the importance of safety as well as the safety features and safe operation of a specific machine group. 

                Training Includes:

                • Machine walkaround inspection techniques using the Operations and Maintenance Manual (OMM) and Caterpillar checklists
                • Locating and identifying functionality for operator controls, switches, and gauges
                • Pre-operational start-up and shutdown procedures

                Duration: 2 Hours

                • Get the same structured training as Level II Training but focus on a specific skill set applicable to your jobsite operations. This customized training introduces a new or helps refine an existing skill set and achieve best operating practices by improving safety, efficiency, and productivity.

                  Training Includes:

                  • Site observations
                  • Operation conditions
                  • Safety
                  • Productivity
                  • Capabilities of instructors

                  Duration: 1 Day Per Machine

                  • This customized training teaches operators new machine technology. Training focuses on using built-in or add-on machine technology systems. Operators learn how to work faster and smarter on a variety of machine types with technology features.

                    Training Includes:

                    • 2D/3D Grade Control
                    • “Ease Of Use” Features
                    • Payload Management
                    • Soil Compaction
                    • Waste Handling

                    Duration: 1 Day Per Machine

                    • A customized training that provides basic machine movement training for each machine type and validates the operator can safely and properly perform in a designated area.

                      Training Includes:

                      • Introductions to personal, machine and site safety
                      • Machine walkaround inspection
                      • Pre-operating procedures including startup and shutdown of the machine

                      Duration: 4 Hours

                      NOTE: This training can be used to document that an operator has been trained on the safety features and operation of the machine group.

                      • For all levels of operator jobsite management, this customized training helps supervisors understand machine operation best practices, operator evaluations, and coaching plans. 

                        Training Includes:

                        • Basic coaching techniques
                        • Note taking skills
                        • Feedback templates
                        • Supervisor Evaluation Handbook

                        Duration: 1 Day Per Machine

                      ELOY TRAINING CENTER

                      Training takes place at our dedicated training center in Eloy, Arizona. The 150-acre property features air-conditioned classrooms, demonstration areas, and access to over 1,500 new and used machines. 

                      The center is led by the Empire Certified Operator Training team of experts. Each member is a Caterpillar Certified Dealer Instructor (CDI) and together have over 120 years of collective experience in all facets of machine operation. Our well-rounded team offers courses in both English and Spanish and can also come to your jobsite!

                      In addition to overall machine expertise, we have a paving specialist and one of only six waste application specialists in the country!

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                      Have questions or want to schedule a free jobsite assessment? Give us a call or drop us a message.

                      3501 W. Houser Rd. Eloy, AZ 85131


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