(Effective Fall 2016)

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
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
HEO100 Tools, Hardware, and Basic Safety 2  
HEO111 Diesel Engine Fundamentals and Maintenance 3  
HEO141 Heavy Equipment Electrical Systems 2  
HEO131 Earthwork Site Preparation 3  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
or
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Second Semester Credits
HEO120 Site Engineering and Layout 3  
HEO152 Introduction to Heavy Duty Powertrain and Brake Systems 3  
HEO161 GPS for Earthmoving 1  
HEO171 Hydraulics for Operators 3  
HEO181 Safe Operating Techniques for Heavy Equipment 4  
HEO202 Blueprints & Grade Stakes for Earthwork 2  
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Third Semester Credits
HEO211 Bulldozer and Trackloader Operation 3  
HEO220 Operation of Trenching Equipment 3  
HEO231 Haul Truck and Final Grade Equipment Operation 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
HYE Directed Elective Heavy Construction Equipment Technology 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Fourth Semester Credits
FIT204 First Aid, Responding to Emergencies 2  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
PHS103 Physics Survey 3  
or
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
or
ART Art Elective 3  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
HYE Directed Elective Heavy Construction Equipment Technology 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 14