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Heavy Construction Equipment Technology: Technician Emphasis (HE)

(Effective Fall 2013)

Students develop the knowledge and skills needed to perform preventative maintenance, diagnose malfunctions, and prescribe corrective action and repair of heavy construction equipment. Additional knowledge is gained in service, sales, and fleet management as it relates to the heavy construction equipment industry.

Career Opportunities

Heavy construction equipment dealership technician; mine, quarry, or natural gas industry maintenance technician; technician for contractor or leasing company; field service or sales representative; engine or equipment distributor service representative; service writer; warranty or parts manager; and assistant service manager.

Recommended High School Subjects

Four years of English, two years of algebra and one year of chemistry/physics.

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List for this major.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in this catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting.htm ).

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits.htm ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • use approved safety procedures in various work situations.
  • correctly use basic hand tools, specialty tools and test equipment.
  • read and interpret equipment manuals and write clear, accurate, concise and complete service reports.
  • apply the correct procedures for diagnosing and repairing various hydraulic circuits and components.
  • demonstrate the correct procedures for diagnosing and repairing various power train components.
  • diagnose and repair malfunctions in various engine systems using approved procedures.
  • use system schematics to trace hydraulic and electrical circuitry.
  • explain the principles of economic benefits and planned preventative maintenance.
  • retrieve and record accurate technical data from a computer-based system, interpret the data and prescribe the appropriate corrective action.

Curriculum

First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
DSM141Heavy Duty Brake Systems 2 
DSM155Powertrain and Brake Systems Lab 4 
DSM160Fundamentals of Powertrain Technology 4 
DSM284Introduction to CAT Vehicles 1 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
MTH124Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
or
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Second SemesterCredits
DSM154Diesel Engine Technology 5 
DSM116Diesel Engines Laboratory 4 
DSM120Basic Electricity 4 
DSM121Hydraulics I 3 
DSM119Fuel Systems 2 
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Summer SessionCredits
HEO153Internship 2 
TOTAL CREDITS 2
Third SemesterCredits
DSM122Hydraulics II 4 
DSM287Heavy Construction Vehicle Laboratory 1 
WEL100Introduction to Welding Processes 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
PHS103Physics Survey 3 
or
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 4 
FIT204First Aid, Responding to Emergencies 2 
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Fourth SemesterCredits
DSM230Hydraulics III 6 
DSM277Heavy Equipment Electronic Systems 3 
DSM242Diesel Equipment Air Conditioning Systems 2 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
or
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
or
ARTArt Elective 3 
or
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
or
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
or
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 17

Accreditation

AED Accredited by The AED Foundation.

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