Heavy Construction Equipment Technology: Technician Emphasis

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
students working in 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.

17

Average Class Size

All Faculty AED Certified Technicians

48,000

Square Feet of Lab Space

Careers

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

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 Duty Brake Systems (DSM141)
  • Powertrain and Brake Systems Lab (DSM155)
  • Fundamentals of Powertrain Technology (DSM160)
  • Diesel Engine Technology (DSM154)
  • Diesel Engines Laboratory (DSM116)
  • Basic Electricity (DSM120)
  • Hydraulics I (DSM121)
  • Fuel Systems (DSM119)
  • Internship (HEO153)
  • Hydraulics II (DSM122)
  • Introduction to CAT Vehicles (DSM284)
  • Heavy Construction Vehicle Laboratory (DSM287)
  • 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.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Introduction to Welding Processes (WEL100)
  • Physics Survey (PHS103) or
  • Physics with Technological Applications (PHS114)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP) or
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP) or
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP) or
  • Core Applied Arts Perspective (AAP) or
  • Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP)

​​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, and Society (CSC124)
  • Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH124) or
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
Facilities

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.

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

Internship

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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Volvo logo
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Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) logo
Anderson logo
AED Careers for Students logo
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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

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

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

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

News
10.18.2019

Penn College students benefit from Komatsu equipment loans

Three pieces of Komatsu construction machinery are on loan to Pennsylvania College of Technology for use at the institution’s ...

10.14.2019

AED Foundation reaccredits two heavy equipment majors

Two associate-degree majors within the heavy construction equipment technology program at Pennsylvania College of Technology ...

09.05.2019

Highway Equipment, Volvo continue student-centered aid

The corporate generosity that provides Pennsylvania College of Technology students with up-to-date tools befitting a campuswide ...

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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Alumni Feature

Beyond Penn College

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

On-Site Power Generation & 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 On-Site Power Generation in a few as three years. Students may work with their adviser 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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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.

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.

  • Mr. Kevin Brookhart, '12, Technical Training Instructor, CNH Industrial
  • Mr. William Esterly, Vice President Product Support, The Victor L. Phillips Co.
  • Mr. Ryan Flood, Owner, Highway Equipment & Supply Co.
  • Mr. Ken Lebeda, '78, Master Mechanic, Hanson Aggregates
  • Mr. Robert E Probst Jr., Partner, Operator, Smith Excavating & Construction
  • Mr. Karl Quinn, Training Manager, Alban Tractor Company, Inc.
  • Mr. Jerry Skiff, General Manager of Product Support, Anderson Equipment Company
  • Mr. Michael Werner, Construction Equipment Dealer, ASC Equipment Company
Contact

Admissions Counselor

Lisa Golfieri

SASC, Rm. 1077
800.367.9222 ext. 7515
llg6@pct.edu