Tools, Hardware, and Basic Safety

HEO100

Introduction to the tools, fasteners, and fittings used in heavy construction equipment. Topics cover safety, practices in using appropriate tools and hardware, and procedures for preventing equipment failures through daily equipment reports. Fall Only.

2 Credits: 2 Lecture

Corequisites:
HEO141

Diesel Engine Fundamentals and Maintenance

HEO111

Explanation and theory of diesel engines commonly found in heavy-duty trucks and equipment. Topics include component terminology and identification, manufacturers’ engine nomenclature, system identification, and basic procedures needed to service and maintain diesel engines. 

3 Credits: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab

Corequisites:
HEO100

Site Engineering and Layout

HEO120

Introduction to basic surveying instruments and techniques. Use and care of level instruments, total station, transit, taping, and GPS (Global Positioning System) Rovers are covered. Techniques include differential leveling, pipeline layout, grade stakes, slope stakes, distance measuring, cuts and fills, angles, topographic maps, field notes, and GPS maps. Spring Only.

3 Credits: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab

Corequisites:
HEO202

Prerequisites:
MTH005 or Placement by Examination

Earthwork Site Preparation

HEO131

Study of soil composition, soil types, maps, soil compaction, asphalt compaction, soil and erosion control practices, and equipment required for heavy construction equipment operations. Includes government regulations at federal, state, and county levels as related to construction sites. Identification and testing of various materials for application and compaction.  Fall Only.

3 Credits: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab

Corequisites:
HEO100

Heavy Equipment Electrical Systems

HEO141

Introduction to the basic principles of electricity, electrical safety, electrical measurement (Ohm's Law), electrical terminology, schematic reading, chemical and mechanical generation of electricity, starting circuits, charging circuits, voltage regulators, switches, solenoids, and electrical control devices. Topics also cover basic electrical/electronic system principals, system analysis using Volt Ohm Meter (VOM), and special tooling. Fall Only.

2 Credits: 1 Lecture, 3 Lab

Corequisites:
HEO100

Introduction to Heavy Duty Powertrain and Brake Systems

HEO152

Theory, components, operation, troubleshooting, adjustment, and preventative maintenance of construction equipment powertrains. Topics include engine clutches, standard transmissions, drivelines, differentials, track steering systems, final drives, braking systems, undercarriage, and tires. Components relating to the written and pretrip inspection for CDL test. 

3 Credits: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab

Prerequisites:
HEO100

GPS for Earthmoving

HEO161

Introduction to the theory of GPS (Global Positioning Systems) in heavy construction equipment. Topics also include the installation, operation and troubleshooting of site vision on machines.  Spring Only.

1 Credit: 1 Lecture

Corequisites:
HEO120, HEO181, HEO202

Hydraulics for Operators

HEO171

Hydraulic principles, including explanation of how flow and pressure are created within a hydraulic system. Study includes the components involved in hydraulic systems and their placement in mobile hydraulic systems. Demonstrations show how these components work and what to look for from an operator's perspective of developing problems associated with these components. The information gained will help the operator communicate problems associated with the hydraulics on a piece of equipment to a technician. Information on safety, hydraulic maintenance, and conductor application is included. Spring Only.

3 Credits: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab

Safe Operating Techniques for Heavy Equipment

HEO181

Introduction to safety, daily inspection checklist, startup procedures, proper operating techniques, productivity, efficiency, daily preventative maintenance procedures, attachments, and shutdown procedures as applied to the construction site. Focus on professionalism as it relates to the operator’s work environment. Spring Only.

4 Credits: 3 Lecture, 3 Lab

Corequisites:
HEO171

Blueprints & Grade Stakes for Earthwork

HEO202

Introduction to techniques and interpretation of earthmoving blueprints and grade stakes. Course work includes instruction in reading of plans, as well as cross-section and profile elevations of working blueprints. Also covers the marking methods used on grade stakes at the work site.  Spring Only.

2 Credits: 2 Lecture

Corequisites:
HEO120

Bulldozer and Trackloader Operation

HEO211

Safe operation and proper field application of bulldozers and track loaders. Covers project engineering, including use of GPS (Global Positioning System) for grade control on a bulldozer. Applications include correct operating techniques and preventative maintenance techniques of assigned machine. 

3 Credits: 0 Lecture, 9 Lab

Corequisites:
HEO220, HEO231

Prerequisites:
HEO120 and HEO131 and HEO161 and HEO181 and HEO202

Operation of Trenching Equipment

HEO220

Safe operation and proper field application of rubber-tired backhoes, excavators, clamshells, and gradalls. Applications include project engineering using lasers for grade control. Preventative Maintenance techniques learned in previous classes are applied. Fall, Summer.

3 Credits: 0 Lecture, 9 Lab

Corequisites:
HEO211, HEO231

Haul Truck and Final Grade Equipment Operation

HEO231

Safe operation and field application of wheel loaders, skid steers, scrapers, graders, rollers, off-road trucks. Applications include project layout with the use of lasers for grade control and preventative maintenance techniques on assigned machine.

3 Credits: 0 Lecture, 9 Lab

Corequisites:
HEO211, HEO220

Prerequisites:
HEO100 and HEO111 and HEO141 and HEO152 and HEO171

Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Prep

HEO245

Proper procedures for performing a pre-trip safety inspection and proper operation of a commercial vehicle, including backing, parallel parking, and backing through a serpentine. Topics also include legal log book completion and allowable operation hours.

2 Credits: 1 Lecture, 3 Lab

Quarry Operation

HEO250

Quarry operation specializes in the production of various types of stone used in sub-bases of road construction, concrete production and asphalt production. Various governmental mining regulations will be discussed. Overview of the blasting, various crushing equipment, process of stone separation, and loading stone into trucks for its final destination.

2 Credits: 2 Lecture

Forklifts and Aerial Work Platforms

HEO255

Introduction to the safe operation of a Class 1, 4, 5 and 7 Rough Terrain Forklift (RTFL) and Aerial Work Platform (AWP). Topics include safety regulations, basic forklift and AWP operating techniques, and machine maintenance.

2 Credits: 1 Lecture, 3 Lab