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 Instructor Gary James
Gary James instructing on our CAT® Simulator

Gary James

Next Gen Sr. Equipment Operating Instructor

Gary has over 18 years of civil construction experience. He started out as an equipment operator and quickly moved to Foreman and Superintendent roles in the civil contracting business.  Gary owned and operated an excavation and underground utility business for 6 years before he relocated to Colorado.  He brings real experience to the simulator and classroom training environment.  From the ground up he has experienced what it takes to be a great equipment operator, trained his own employees and worked with heavy equipment in all types of work environments and all types of heavy equipment. Gary joined the Next Gen team in 2020 and be is truly a rock star instructor and team member.  By the way, Gary is also a licensed helicopter pilot, which really helps with our state-of-the-art drone training program!


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:

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