• Report: #1129162
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Ripoff Report | Heavy Construction Academy

  • Submitted: Fri, March 07, 2014
  • Updated: Fri, November 20, 2015

  • Reported By: ripper Jack — Brentwood New Hampshire
Heavy Construction Academy
5 Industrial Dr. Brentwood, NH 03833 Brentwood , New Hampshire USA

Heavy Construction Academy REVIEW: Customer Satisfaction Commitment: Heavy Construction Academy focused on finding ways to ensure their students are ready to work in the construction industry, helps them find the opportunities to do so.
*UPDATE: Recognized by Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Program as a safe business service. Heavy Construction Academy pledges to always resolve any issues: feel safe, confident & secure when doing business with Heavy Construction Academy, recognized by Ripoff Report Verified™ as a safe business service.

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EDitor's UPDATE: Positive rating and recognition has been given to Heavy Construction Academy for its full commitment to quality customer service.

Ripoff Report's discussions with Heavy Construction Academy have uncovered an ongoing dedication by the company to total client satisfaction. This means that clients can expect that the company will work towards finding a mutually satisfactory resolution to any concerns. Heavy Construction Academy listens carefully to client concerns and sees them as an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and become more efficient as a company in the services offered and the support for those services.

Heavy Construction Academy's principal, Mr. Ralph DelVecchio, has informed us that his personal philosophy is that his students success are the heart of the business. As a successful school director, Mr. DelVecchio feels it is critical to listen to his students and respond properly. By always putting his students needs first, Mr. DelVecchio plans to maintain Heavy Construction Academy as a successful school both now and for many years to come.

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The information provided in this report below is based on comments made by Ken Dunn during an onsite inspection held by a third party verification company with no biases toward Heavy Construction Academy.

Heavy Construction Academy offers interested individuals the resources and training they need to embark on a fulfilling career in the heavy equipment industry. Ralph Devecchio, President of Heavy Construction Academy stated the following about his company's vision, " [our vision is] to be a leading institution offering effective vocation training, while maintaining a high standard or quality and integrity. For the purpose of helping a wide range of individuals gain stable well-paying employment in a high demand occupation."

Leads for Heavy Construction Academy are obtained primary through their strong presence on internet search databases. Once a potential student has expressed interest in their training, they can go the company’s website to fill out an application. From there a representative will contact the potential student to further explain the process and advantages of their company. It should be noted that Heavy Construction Academy hosts students from across the nation, from a wide variety of vocational backgrounds.


During the onsite interview, Ken Dunn, the Career Services director was asked to describe a situation where a student was not satisfied with the level of service they received. Mr. Dunn expressed that occasionally after a student graduates they are unable to find a job in their area. In order to combat this Heavy Construction Academy, "we prepare the student ahead of time on how to get a job once they leave the Academy." This includes helping students create a resume, providing a list of websites that students can search for job postings, and e-mailing graduates every Friday with new jobs available in their area.

When asked to comment on complaints posted on Ripoff Report's website both Mr. Devecchio and Mr. Dunn expressed that the comments were made by students who never reached out to Heavy Construction Academy directly. Mr. Devecchio expressed that if a student has an concerns with the program they can always reach out to Heavy Construction Academy, and they will do everything in their power to ensure customer satisfaction. Additionally, to ensure future and current student Heavy Construction Academy has been in operation for over 11 years, and trained 1,000s of student to become entry level heavy equipment operators. Students who go through their program obtain more seat time than any competing program, and they offer graduating students lifetime career service assistance.

Heavy Construction Academy is pleased to be a part of Ripoff Report's Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program. Mr. Devecchio further explains by stating, "I believe for lack of a better word that it will exonerate us...I think it's the right thing to do, I think it's a positive step in the right direction."


  1. Front End Loader
  2. Skid Steer
  3. BackHoe
  4. Dump Truck
  5. Roller Compactor
  6. Bulldozer
  7. Motor Grader
  8. Excavator


" We are the leading Heavy Equipment Operator training school in the nation. With the founder's over 20 years of excavation industry experience, and now 12 years school experience, HCA knows what it takes to best learn the trade, and then find work in it. Other school's may know the school industry, but tend to lack the real world experience that gives HCA's students an edge, when they get out in the field.

Heavy Construction Academy's team is experienced and equipped to give students the best training possible. Heavy Construction Academy takes employee satisfaction seriously as well. Employee feedback and surveys reveal comments such as this, "Heavy Construction Academy provides a positive environment dedicated to helping it's employees succeed, and find satisfaction in their job's. Mr. DelVecchio believes if he takes pride in his employees, they will take pride in their work, and that will be passed on to the students. Mr. DelVecchio is truly interested in his employees feedback and suggestions, as well as their well-being. He takes the time to listen and help students and staff, wherever he can."

Ripoff Report was pleased to learn that heavy construction academy's past and current approach to business is focused on its pledge to total commitment towards client and employee satisfaction.


Heavy Construction Academy recognizes that complaints posted on Ripoff Report (whether true or not) are issues that need to be addressed, not ignored. If handled correctly, complaints can be valuable learning opportunities. With the feedback generated by Ripoff Report's review, heavy construction academy has made organizational changes allowing its clients and employees a more streamlined approach to problem resolution and a commitment to a great client experience.

In summary, after our review, which included discussions with Type here to replace the highlighted text above..., Ripoff Report is convinced that heavy construction academy is committed to quality delivery of services resulting in total client satisfaction.

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Ripoff Report has determined that Heavy Construction Academy meets Ripoff Report Verified™ standards include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. Members of the Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction program do pay a fee for our on-site review, 24 hour monitoring and for support with customers to resolve any disagreements.

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Heavy Construction Academy Scammers Brentwood New Hampshire

The 17,000$ (this number varies from 12,995 to 17,000 based on other reports) price tag for training on a program that doesn't actually require certification, is equivalent to on the job training should an employer be interested in hiring an individual and giving him/her hands on training without the high price tag while getting paid. The certificate of completion is for graduating or the more appropriate term successful completion of the course and is not recognized by employers based on my findings. I was informed that 9,000$ where for fuel expenses which equates to about 1,800 gal in diesel fuel at roughly 5.00 gal through out a 6 week course of which 1/3 the time is spent in a classroom (based on their brochure). Examples a Caterpillar excavator 320 BL burns 10 gal of fuel an hour at 160 hours is 1,600 gal for operation of one machine (they promise to train you on multiple). Example 2 -  case 580 backhoe loader burns 1 gal an hour in heavy use. Based on these inconsistencies which are easily verifiable this is not a legitamate program designed to help people rather it creates a few jobs for this within the organization (public information from the BBB counts only 9 people as part of the company) while providing very little help to people who believe they are getting it (highly misleading). There are many more examples I could mention however this would only help the company "adjust their tactics to be more effective". 

Licensing or Certification

In addition to on-the-job training, you can enroll in schools that have construction training programs that teach how to operate heavy equipment. Since there are generally no licensing or certification requirements for a backhoe operator, these training programs are optional

Veterans seems like an easy target for a paper-mill since after all "its not their money their spending" so considerably less time and consideration is given to accurately review and assess the facts. Primarily that they are spending 17,000$ on a program that does not guarantee a job. In this tough economy any one looking for a job can easily overlook the onconsistencies based on desperation and a good sales pitch (they are good salesmen) It seems to me if the owner was truly interested in helping he would offer employment in his own company upon succesful completion of his own course. As this is not the case and certifications are not required to operate the equipment people are to train on and are usually based on the discretion of the employer that they would be wiser to invest their time in trying to locate. Officially they only offer assistance to obtain entry level positions anyway. 

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 03/07/2014 08:54 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/heavy-construction-academy/brentwood-new-hampshire-03833/heavy-construction-academy-scammers-brentwood-new-hampshire-1129162. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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