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Program Overview

Graduates of this program will acquire the skills necessary to operate a variety of light/heavy equipment used in the construction and transportation industry. In addition the graduate will be trained to drive a tractor-trailer in order to take the Class A Commercial Driver’s License Test. Through a mix of theory classes and hands-on practice the graduates of the program will be able to operate a wide range of equipment. These skills are supplemented with math, print reading, soil studies, and finishing/grading procedures.


Students taking the Heavy Equipment Operations with Commercial Truck Driving program learn to operate a variety of pieces of equipment such as excavators, frontloaders, backhoes, dump trucks, and bulldozers. Students will be eligible to attempt several NCCER certifications and may acquire a Commercial Drivers License.

Students train on both older, lever-style equipment as well as the newer joystick-style controls, including proper inspection and basic maintenance of the equipment. Our program also covers some things that most people don’t think about heavy equipment operation, such as completing a job based off of site plans, preparing a site plan, right of way concerns, and rules about how deep certain utilities have to be.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Heavy Equipment Operations will be qualified for entry-level positions as Tractor-Trailer Drivers, Dump Truck Drivers, Heavy Equipment Operators, Grade Helpers and Forklift Operators.

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Financial Aid

Education is important for those who wish to elevate themselves to a better life. New Castle School of Trades believes that the opportunity to gain a great education should not only be a privilege, but a commonly realized right for all people.

Lack of financial resources should not be the determining factor in whether someone has the means to better themselves. We feel compelled to assist those students who, without financial aid, would be unable to attend New Castle School of Trades.

Therefore, we offer many different options to help you attain the education you wish to experience. The following programs are available to those who qualify.

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency Grant (PHEAA)
  • Federal PLUS Loan (PLUS)
  • Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan (FSL)
  • Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan (UFSL)
  • Alternative Loan Program (Tuition Financing)


In order to be considered for any of the above Grants or Loan Programs, you must complete a FAFSA. This can be done online by selecting this link or by making an appointment. The Federal School Code is listed above.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Veteran's Education Benefits

Thank you to all of our veterans for your service and commitment. Many NCST staff members, current students, and graduates are U.S. Military veterans. We are very proud and humbled to have the privilege to serve our military families. We are here to assist you in any way that we can.

The New Castle School of Trades is a Veterans Administration (VA) approved institution. NCST can help you navigate the complexities of your military benefits. More information about veteran educational benefits is also available at the official U.S. government website at

As a member of the military, you have access to education benefits that are designed to help you set the groundwork for your future career and ease the transition into the civilian workforce after completing your service commitment. NCST can help you prepare for success in your chosen field.

If you are looking for a school who is committed to veterans and understands the sacrifices you make to help ensure the freedom of our country, you need to learn more about NCST.

Consumer Information

Important information about the education debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attend a New Castle School of Trades and enrolled in a program can be found at:

New Castle
School of Trades

4117 Pulaski Road,
New Castle, PA, 16101,
United States