Heavy Construction Equipment Technology: Operator Emphasis (HY)

(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.htm ).

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits.htm ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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.


First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
HEO100Tools, Hardware, and Basic Safety 2 
HEO111Diesel Engine Fundamentals and Maintenance 3 
HEO141Heavy Equipment Electrical Systems 2 
HEO131Earthwork Site Preparation 3 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
MTH124Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
Second SemesterCredits
HEO120Site Engineering and Layout 3 
HEO152Introduction to Heavy Duty Powertrain and Brake Systems 3 
HEO161GPS for Earthmoving 1 
HEO171Hydraulics for Operators 3 
HEO181Safe Operating Techniques for Heavy Equipment 4 
HEO202Blueprints & Grade Stakes for Earthwork 2 
Third SemesterCredits
HEO211Bulldozer and Trackloader Operation 3 
HEO220Operation of Trenching Equipment 3 
HEO231Haul Truck and Final Grade Equipment Operation 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
HYEDirected Elective Heavy Construction Equipment Technology 3 
Fourth SemesterCredits
FIT204First Aid, Responding to Emergencies 2 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
PHS103Physics Survey 3 
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 4 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
HYEDirected Elective Heavy Construction Equipment Technology 3