Next Gen Equipment Training ® is the FIRST private equipment training company to utilize CAT® Simulator Systems – we now also have a CM Labs Vortex® simulator. We created our company in recognition of the tremendous need for construction companies to recruit and retain heavy equipment operators. Our simulators allow us to train on 6 different Heavy Equipment vehicles. Due to popular demand from contractors, we have recently added hands-on drone training, plus classroom training on reading civil plans along with excavation and grading. Our professional trainers have a wealth of industry knowledge, real work experience and training/instructional experience. 

Next Gen Equipment Training is committed to helping our communities through workforce development. We invest our time, energy, and knowledge helping others better themselves.


Next Gen Owner Terri Olson and team at training center




Terri Olson

Owner, Next Gen Equipment Training

Terri has over 25 years in the software and hardware technical training business and over 14 years in the heavy civil contracting business as an Owner and Business Coach for her teams.  She launched Next Gen in 2019 with the goal of providing a safe, consistent, cost-effective and cutting-edge training program for heavy equipment operators.  Her passion is building great teams, great operators and training the next generation of heavy equipment operators through private and public partnerships and workforce development programs.  Her motto is “let’s show the world a better way to train our workforce, for now and in the future.” 

Terri Olson - Next Gen Owner
Terri Olson (left) with Lisa Seaman of AGC Colorado
Next Gen Simulator Open house
instructing on our CAT® Simulator

Next Gen Equipment Training

Our Instructors

Next Gen works with heavy equipment instructors to bring real time operational scenarios and experience levels to the simulator training experience.  We combine field experience with instructor experience for a variety of heavy equipment machines. Each operator training session includes a personalized skills assessment for each machine and type of operation. The classroom instructors deliver drone and civil plan reading courses as well. Contact us for additional details and options.


Next Gen Equipment Training ® is committed to working with local schools, trade organizations, foundations, and others to promote workforce development, that in turn helps our communities thrive. Examples of our commitment includes efforts with:

  • Associated General Contractors of Colorado (AGC)
  • Colorado Contractors Association (CCA)
  • Construction Education Foundation (CEF)
  • National Underground Contractors Association (NUCA) 
  • Transportation & Construction Girl Organization
  • Wheat Ridge Police Department
  • West Metro SWAT team
  • Wheat Ridge High School


Next Gen Equipment Training group demo
Heavy Equipment Operator Training

Next Gen Equipment Training ® has developed a series of 17 to 20 minute videos that introduce individuals new to the construction industry to the world of heavy equipment and what an equipment operator does with the equipment.  Check out the video links below:

Wheel loader loading dirt