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Students develop the skills necessary to maintain and repair heavy construction equipment. Students gain additional skill development in maintaining, diagnosing, and repairing Caterpillar equipment. Advanced equipment maintenance techniques and principles are applied in diagnosing malfunctions and prescribing corrective action. Specific instruction in equipment systems includes engine overhaul, manual transmission repair, chassis maintenance, hydraulic component testing and overhaul, hydrostatic and powershift transmission repair, electrical troubleshooting, electronic controls diagnostics, advanced emission diagnostic and repair, and preventative maintenance. The student is exposed to all facets of the industry with emphasis on problem solving and transferability of skills. Graduates are prepared to take the Motor Vehicle Air-conditioning exam (609). Each student must successfully complete an internship.

Career Opportunities

Heavy construction equipment technician for a Caterpillar or other heavy construction equipment dealership, mine, quarry or natural gas industry; forestry equipment dealer; leasing company or contractor; field service/CAT sales representative for an equipment or engine distributor; service occupations such as service writer, warranty writer, parts manager, and assistant service manager.

Recommended High School Subjects

Four years of English, two years of algebra, and one year of science.

Remediation Strategies

Students must remediate all deficiencies prior to admission to the major.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • practice approved safety procedures in various work situations.
  • read and interpret equipment manuals and write clear, accurate, and complete service reports.
  • demonstrate the correct use of basic hand tools, special tools, and testing equipment.
  • describe the operation of diesel engines, overhaul a diesel engine, and demonstrate skills in problem solving, maintaining, and repairing diesel engines.
  • troubleshoot, maintain, adjust, and repair basic chassis systems including standard transmissions, clutches, drive lines, braking systems, tracks, steering systems, and differentials.
  • identify, troubleshoot, and repair various types of hydraulic systems, hydrostatic and powershift transmissions, torque converters, fuel systems, and electrical systems.
  • explain the principles of planned preventative maintenance and the economic benefits of proper equipment maintenance scheduling.
  • diagnose and repair malfunction of engine and chassis electronic management systems found on Caterpillar equipment.
  • retrieve and record accurate technical information from a computer-based system and demonstrate proper communication techniques for customer assistance and reporting.


First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
DSM141 Heavy Duty Brake Systems 2 2 M REQ
DSM155 Powertrain and Brake Systems Lab 4 12 M REQ
DSM160 Fundamentals of Powertrain Technology 4 4 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
DSM154 Diesel Engine Technology 5 5 M REQ
DSM116 Diesel Engines Laboratory 4 12 M REQ
DSM120 Basic Electricity 4 2 6 M REQ
DSM121 Hydraulics I 3 2 3 M REQ
DSM119 Fuel Systems 2 2 M REQ
Summer Session Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
DSM153 Internship 2 M REQ
HEO153 Internship 2 M REQ
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
DSM122 Hydraulics II 4 2 6 M REQ
DSM242 Diesel Equipment Air Conditioning Systems 2 1 3 M REQ
DSM284 Introduction to CAT Vehicles 1 1 M REQ
DSM286 CAT Vehicle Machine Electronics and Diagnostic Procedures 3 2 3 M REQ
DSM285 CAT Vehicles Laboratory 1 3 M REQ
PHS103 Physics Survey 3 3 S REQ
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4 3 3 S REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
DSM230 Hydraulics III 6 3 9 M REQ
DSM288 Caterpillar Electronic Engine Management Systems 3 2 3 M REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3   S HIP
SSP Core Social Science Perspective 3   S SSP
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3   S ARP
CDP Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective 3   S CDP
AAP Core Applied Arts Perspective 3   S AAP
WEL100 Introduction to Welding Processes 3 2 3 S REQ


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