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Heavy Construction Equipment Technology: Caterpillar Equipment Emphasis (CH)

(Effective Fall 2015)

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 and preventative maintenance. The student is exposed to all facets of the industry with emphasis on problem solving and transferability of skills. 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.

Recommended High School Subjects

Four years of English, two years of algebra, and one year of science.

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List for this major.

Remediation Strategies

Students must remediate all deficiencies prior to admission to the major.

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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 SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
DSM141Heavy Duty Brake Systems 2 
DSM155Powertrain and Brake Systems Lab 4 
DSM160Fundamentals of Powertrain Technology 4 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
FIT204First Aid, Responding to Emergencies 2 
MTH124Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
Second SemesterCredits
DSM154Diesel Engine Technology 5 
DSM116Diesel Engines Laboratory 4 
DSM120Basic Electricity 4 
DSM121Hydraulics I 3 
DSM119Fuel Systems 2 
Summer SessionCredits
DSM153Internship 2 
HEO153Internship 2 
Third SemesterCredits
DSM122Hydraulics II 4 
DSM242Diesel Equipment Air Conditioning Systems 2 
DSM284Introduction to CAT Vehicles 1 
DSM286CAT Vehicle Machine Electronics and Diagnostic Procedures 3 
DSM285CAT Vehicles Laboratory 1 
PHS103Physics Survey 3 
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 4 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
Fourth SemesterCredits
DSM230Hydraulics III 6 
DSM288Caterpillar Electronic Engine Management Systems 3 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
WEL100Introduction to Welding Processes 3 


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