Students develop the knowledge and skills needed to safely operate selected heavy construction equipment and use specialized equipment for site layout. Students also gain knowledge in preventative maintenance, efficient machine operation, cost estimating, and management techniques.

Career Opportunities

Heavy construction equipment operator for a construction company or natural gas industry, mine or quarry leasing company, solid waste or heavy construction equipment dealership, field sales representative for equipment distribution.

Recommended High School Subjects

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

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List for this major.

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 http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting ).

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • use approved safety procedures in various work situations.
  • correctly and safely use hand tools and some specialty tools.
  • identify and explain the operation of various engine, powertrain, electrical, and hydraulic components.
  • properly use transit, hand level, laser, and global positioning equipment related to construction site preparation and equipment operation.
  • safely operate selected machines representing the earthmoving industry.
  • correctly use blueprints to layout a construction site and/or project.
  • explain the procedures for testing the compaction of soil.
  • develop a soil erosion control plan for a construction site.
  • perform routine daily and preventative maintenance on heavy construction equipment.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
HEO100 Tools, Hardware, and Basic Safety 2 2 M REQ
HEO111 Diesel Engine Fundamentals and Maintenance 3 2 3 M REQ
HEO141 Heavy Equipment Electrical Systems 2 1 3 M REQ
HEO131 Earthwork Site Preparation 3 2 3 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
or
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
HEO120 Site Engineering and Layout 3 2 3 M REQ
HEO152 Introduction to Heavy Duty Powertrain and Brake Systems 3 2 3 M REQ
HEO161 GPS for Earthmoving 1 1 M REQ
HEO171 Hydraulics for Operators 3 2 3 M REQ
HEO181 Safe Operating Techniques for Heavy Equipment 4 3 3 M REQ
HEO202 Blueprints & Grade Stakes for Earthwork 2 2 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
HEO211 Bulldozer and Trackloader Operation 3 9 M REQ
HEO220 Operation of Trenching Equipment 3 9 M REQ
HEO231 Haul Truck and Final Grade Equipment Operation 3 9 M REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
HYE Directed Elective Heavy Construction Equipment Technology 3   M HYE
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
PHS103 Physics Survey 3 3 S REQ
or
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4 3 3 S REQ
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
or
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3   S FOR
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3   S AAE
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3   S IFE
HYE Directed Elective Heavy Construction Equipment Technology 3   M HYE
TOTAL CREDITS 13