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.

Special Equipment Needs

See program Tool List for major.

Remediation Strategies

All incoming students must meet placement requirements in math. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see

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 SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
FYE101First Year Experience 1.50 1.50 SREQ
DSM141Heavy Duty Brake Systems 22 MREQ
DSM155Powertrain & Brake Systems Lab 4 12 MREQ
DSM160Fundamentals of Powertrain Technology 44 MREQ
CSC124Information, Technology & Society 33 SREQ
MTH123Technical Algebra & Trigonometry I 32.50 1.50 SREQ
MTH181College Algebra & Trigonometry I 32.50 1.50 SREQ
Second SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
DSM154Diesel Engine Technology 55 MREQ
DSM116Diesel Engines Laboratory 4 12 MREQ
DSM120Basic Electricity 42 6 MREQ
DSM121Hydraulics I 32 3 MREQ
DSM119Fuel Systems 22 MREQ
Summer SessionCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
DSM153Internship 2 MREQ
Third SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
DSM122Hydraulics II 42 6 MREQ
DSM242Diesel Equipment Air Conditioning Systems 21 3 MREQ
DSM284Introduction to CAT Vehicles 11 MREQ
DSM286CAT Vehicle Machine Electronics & Diagnostic Procedures 32 3 MREQ
DSM285CAT Vehicles Laboratory 1 3 MREQ
PHS103Physics Survey 33 SREQ
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 43 3 SREQ
ENL111English Composition I 33 SREQ
Fourth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
DSM230Hydraulics III 63 9 MREQ
DSM288Caterpillar Electronic Engine Management Systems 32 3 MREQ
ENL201Technical & Professional Communication 33 SREQ
HIPCore Historical Perspective 3 SHIP
SSPCore Social Science Perspective 3 SSSP
ARPCore Arts Perspective 3 SARP
CDPCore Global & Cultural Diversity Perspective 3 SCDP
AAPCore Applied Arts Perspective 3 SAAP
HETDirected Heavy Equipment Technology Elective 3 MHET


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