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Students develop the knowledge and skills needed to perform preventative maintenance, diagnose malfunctions, and prescribe corrective action and repair of heavy construction equipment. 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. Additional knowledge is gained in service, sales, and fleet management as it relates to the heavy construction equipment industry. Graduates are prepared to take the Motor Vehicle Air-conditioning exam (609). Each student must successfully complete an internship.

Career Opportunities

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.

Recommended High School Subjects

Four years of English, two years of algebra and one year of chemistry/physics.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in this catalog (see ).

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • use approved safety procedures in various work situations.
  • correctly use basic hand tools, specialty tools and test equipment.
  • read and interpret equipment manuals and write clear, accurate, concise and complete service reports.
  • apply the correct procedures for diagnosing and repairing various hydraulic circuits and components.
  • demonstrate the correct procedures for diagnosing and repairing various power train components.
  • diagnose and repair malfunctions in various engine systems using approved procedures.
  • use system schematics to trace hydraulic and electrical circuitry.
  • explain the principles of economic benefits and planned preventative maintenance.
  • retrieve and record accurate technical data from a computer-based system, interpret the data and prescribe the appropriate corrective action.


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
HEO153 Internship 2 M REQ
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
DSM122 Hydraulics II 4 2 6 M REQ
DSM284 Introduction to CAT Vehicles 1 1 M REQ
DSM287 Heavy Construction Vehicle Laboratory 1 3 M REQ
WEL100 Introduction to Welding Processes 3 2 3 S REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
PHS103 Physics Survey 3 3 S REQ
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4 3 3 S REQ
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
DSM230 Hydraulics III 6 3 9 M REQ
DSM277 Heavy Equipment Electronic Systems 3 2 3 M REQ
DSM242 Diesel Equipment Air Conditioning Systems 2 1 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
AAP Core Applied Arts Perspective 3   S AAP
CDP Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective 3   S CDP


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