(Effective Fall 2015)
- School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies
- Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
- Natural gas major
- More Information about Heavy Construction Equipment Technology: Caterpillar Equipment Emphasis
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.
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.
Students must remediate all deficiencies prior to admission to the major.
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
Program GoalsA 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.
|FYE101||First Year Experience||1|
|DSM141||Heavy Duty Brake Systems||2|
|DSM155||Powertrain and Brake Systems Lab||4|
|DSM160||Fundamentals of Powertrain Technology||4|
|CSC124||Information, Technology, and Society||3|
|FIT204||First Aid, Responding to Emergencies||2|
|MTH124||Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I||3|
|MTH180||College Algebra and Trigonometry I||3|
|DSM154||Diesel Engine Technology||5|
|DSM116||Diesel Engines Laboratory||4|
|DSM242||Diesel Equipment Air Conditioning Systems||2|
|DSM284||Introduction to CAT Vehicles||1|
|DSM286||CAT Vehicle Machine Electronics and Diagnostic Procedures||3|
|DSM285||CAT Vehicles Laboratory||1|
|PHS114||Physics with Technological Applications||4|
|ENL111||English Composition I||3|
|DSM288||Caterpillar Electronic Engine Management Systems||3|
|ENL201||Technical and Professional Communication||3|
|SSE||Social Science Elective||3|
|FOR||Foreign Language Elective||3|
|AAE||Applied Arts Elective||3|
|IFE||International Field Experience Elective||3|
|WEL100||Introduction to Welding Processes||3|
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