Heavy Construction Equipment Technology: Technician Emphasis

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Student working in the lab

About this program

On a working job site, time is money. Keeping equipment running smoothly is essential. And that’s why skilled technicians are in demand. Training on an extensive fleet of the industry’s go-to machines, you’ll hone your problem-solving skills. And build the technical skills to maintain, service, and repair industry workhorses.

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.


Average Class Size

All Faculty AED Certified Technicians


Square Feet of Lab Space


  • Heavy equipment technician
  • Technician for dealerships
  • Sales representative
  • Product support representative 

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Heavy Equipment Brake Systems (DSM156)
  • Powertrain & Brake Systems Lab (DSM155)
  • Fundamentals of Powertrain Technology (DSM160)
  • Diesel Engine Technology (DSM154)
  • Diesel Engine Laboratory (DSM116)
  • Fuel Systems (DSM119)
  • Basic Electricity (DSM120)
  • Hydraulics I (DSM121)
  • Hydraulics II (DSM122)
  • Introduction to CAT Vehicles (DSM284)
  • Heavy Construction Vehicle Laboratory (DSM287)
  • Heavy Equipment Machine Electronics & Diagnostic Procedures (DSM236)
  • Hydraulics III (DSM230)
  • Heavy Equipment Electronic Systems (DSM277)
  • Diesel Equipment Air Conditioning Systems (DSM242)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP) or
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP) or
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP) or
  • Core Applied Arts Perspective (AAP) or
  • Core Global & Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP)
  • Physics Survey (PHS103) or
  • Physics with Technological Applications (PHS114)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Information, Technology & Society (CSC124)
  • Technical Algebra & Trigonometry I (MTH123) or
  • College Algebra & Trigonometry I (MTH181)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical & Professional Communication (ENL201)
Featured Video

Virtual Tour

Join instructor Chris Weaver and explore fully loaded training spaces where students get tons of hands-on experience like tearing down engines and rebuilding them to perfection. You’ll get a rundown of degree options, see the advanced training grounds for each, and check out the latest and greatest equipment.

Hands-On Tomorrow

Hands-On Tomorrow

Thanks to industry partnerships our labs are outfitted with all types of heavy equipment, just like you’ll see in the field.

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about.

Jun 24

Open House

Saturday, June 24 8:30 AM - 2 :30 PM

Jul 29

Open House

Saturday, July 29 8:30 - 2 :30 PM

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Industry Partners

"We find that Penn College graduates have strong technical abilities, an understanding of electronics and a great work ethic–they're highly skilled."

Mike Hayes

Komatsu America Corp


Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your knowledge to the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) logo
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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Service and Operation of Heavy Equipment Club (S&O)

Service and Operation of Heavy Equipment Club (S&O)

S&O expands learning and leadership opportunities, giving students a chance to connect with and contribute to the College and the local community.

 Diesel Performance Club

Diesel Performance Club

The purpose of this association is to expand the learning opportunities and meet other students who share an interest in diesel performance. Students test their skills by entering vehicles in competitions. 

Student Organizations at Penn College

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.


Spring Car Show set for Saturday

A Spring Car Show, organized by a trio of student groups, will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday on main campus.


Highway Equipment adds skid steer to its philanthropy resume

Highway Equipment & Supply Co. has loaned an ASV Inc. skid-steer loader to Pennsylvania College of Technology, continuing 20-plus years of instructional support for students and faculty at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center.


Students benefit from Anderson Equipment-loaned excavator

Students in nearly a dozen diesel and heavy construction equipment courses will be positively impacted by a longtime partner’s loan of an excavator to Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Gain global experience
Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Beyond Penn College

Around the Globe

Around the Globe

As a service technician for Schramm Inc., Gavin traveled the world to fix machines and teach people in both classrooms and the drilling field about the equipment he maintains.

He’s climbed the Great Wall of China, fished for hours in Mexico, walked Red Square in Moscow, hunted in Africa, and toured Peru and Chile.

Dual Degree
Electric Power Generation Technology: Diesel Emphasis & Heavy Construction Equipment Technology

Electric Power Generation Technology: Diesel Emphasis & Heavy Construction Equipment Technology

Students who have earned an associate’s degree from Penn College in Heavy Construction Equipment Technology: Technician Emphasis are eligible to earn a second degree in Heavy Construction Equipment Technology: Caterpillar Equipment Emphasis, Diesel Technology, or Electric Power Generation Technology: Diesel Emphasis in a few as three years. Students may work with their advisor to declare a dual degree, taking courses for both degrees simultaneously. 

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More Information

AED Accredited by The AED Foundation.

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You are expected to purchase your own tools which can be purchased at the College Store or through a dealer such as Sears or Snap-on. The advantage to purchasing your own tools is that the tools are yours to use during your time as a student and later as an employee. Larger specialty tools such as those used in diagnostics and testing are purchased by the College or donated by the Caterpillar dealer program for use by all students enrolled in the program.

View the Heavy Construction Equipment Technology Required Tools

Required for all labs:

  • uniform
  • leather work shoes or boots
  • safety glasses

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

  • Mr. Derek Adams, '12, Area Equipment Manager East, Pennsy Supply Inc.
  • Mr. Kevin Brookhart, '12, Technical Training Instructor, CNH Industrial
  • Mr. Lance Bucha, Operations Manager, Groff Tractor & Equipment, LLC.
  • Mr. William Esterly, Vice President Product Support, The Victor L. Phillips Co.
  • Mr. Randy Fetterolf, Corporate Technical Recruiter, Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co. Inc.
  • Mr. Ryan Flood, Owner, Highway Equipment & Supply Co.
  • Mr. Matthew Fogtman, '06, '13, Fleet Manager, Volvo Construction Equipment
  • Mr. Ken Lebeda, '78, Master Mechanic, Hanson Aggregates
  • Mr. Karl Quinn
  • Mr. Jerry Skiff, General Manager of Product Support, Anderson Equipment Company
  • Ms. Samantha White, Director of HR, Groff Tractor & Equipment, LLC.