Heavy Construction Equipment Courses

Tools, Hardware, and Basic Safety


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. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Corequisite(s): HEO141. Fall Only.

Diesel Engine Fundamentals and Maintenance


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) Corequisite(s): HEO100.

Site Engineering and Layout


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. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): MTH005 or Placement by Examination. Corequisite(s): HEO202. Spring Only.

Earthwork Site Preparation


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.  3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Corequisite(s): HEO100. Fall Only.

Heavy Equipment Electrical Systems


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, sensor type and function, sensor testing, system analysis using Volt Ohm Meter (VOM), and special tooling.  2 Credits (1 Lecture - 3 Lab) Corequisite(s): HEO100. Fall Only.

Introduction to Heavy Duty Powertrain and Brake Systems


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) Prerequisite(s): HEO100.



Specialized work experience to be performed in a participating business. Application of knowledge and skills developed during the first year of heavy equipment instruction. Conducted in accordance with industry standards. 2 Credits (0 Lecture - 10 Internship) Prerequisite(s): CSC124 and DSM116 and DSM120 and DSM121 and DSM141 and DSM154 and DSM155 and DSM160 and MTH124 or CSC124 and DSM116 and DSM120 and DSM121 and DSM141 and DSM154 and DSM155 and DSM160 and MTH180.

GPS for Earthmoving


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.  1 Credit (1 Lecture) Corequisite(s): HEO120 and HEO181 and HEO202. Spring Only.

Hydraulics for Operators


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. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Spring Only.

Safe Operating Techniques for Heavy Equipment


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. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Corequisite(s): HEO171. Spring Only.

Blueprints & Grade Stakes for Earthwork


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.  2 Credits (2 Lecture) Corequisite(s): HEO120. Spring Only.

Bulldozer and Trackloader Operation


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) Prerequisite(s): HEO120 and HEO131 and HEO161 and HEO181 and HEO202. Corequisite(s): HEO220 and HEO231.

Operation of Trenching Equipment


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. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 9 Lab) Corequisite(s): HEO211 and HEO231. Fall, Summer.

Haul Truck and Final Grade Equipment Operation


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) Prerequisite(s): HEO100 and HEO111 and HEO141 and HEO152 and HEO171. Corequisite(s): HEO211 and HEO220.

Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Prep


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


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


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)


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