Students develop the knowledge and skills needed to:
- perform preventative maintenance
- diagnose malfunction
- prescribe corrective action
- repair of heavy construction equipment
- work in service, sales, or fleet management as it relates to the heavy construction equipment industry.
Students can complete 2 associate's degree programs in 3 years by enrolling in the dual degree option.
Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for employment in the natural gas industry. Read more...
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog. An internship is required in this major.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
AED Accredited by The AED Foundation.
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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.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines was $50,860 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $75,360.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers||34,130||$25.24||$52,490|
|Rental and Leasing Services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only)||12,090||$23.90||$49,710|
|Other Specialty Trade Contractors||10,260||$23.97||$49,850|
|Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)||7,680||$27.37||$56,930|
|Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction||6,940||$24.42||$50,800|
Statistics reported in May 2017
Read more about the required internship.
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
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.
Uniform (required for all labs)
- Leather work shoes or boots
- Safety glasses
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Service and Operation of Heavy Equipment Association (S&O)
Heavy Construction Equipment Technician Emphasis Advisory Committee
- Mr. Kevin Brookhart, 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, 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
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.