Students develop the knowledge and skills needed to perform preventative maintenance, diagnose malfunctions, and prescribe corrective action and repair of heavy construction equipment. 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. Additional knowledge is gained in service, sales, and fleet management as it relates to the heavy construction equipment industry. Graduates are prepared to take the Motor Vehicle Air-conditioning exam (609). Each student must successfully complete an internship.

Career Opportunities

Heavy construction equipment dealership technician; mine, quarry, or natural gas industry maintenance technician; technician for contractor or leasing company; field service or sales representative; engine or equipment distributor service representative; service writer; warranty or parts manager; and assistant service manager.

Special Equipment Needs

See program Tool List for major.

Remediation Strategies

All students must remediate developmental requirements within the first year.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • use approved safety procedures in various work situations.
  • correctly use basic hand tools, specialty tools and test equipment.
  • read and interpret equipment manuals and write clear, accurate, concise and complete service reports.
  • apply the correct procedures for diagnosing and repairing various hydraulic circuits and components.
  • demonstrate the correct procedures for diagnosing and repairing various power train components.
  • diagnose and repair malfunctions in various engine systems using approved procedures.
  • use system schematics to trace hydraulic and electrical circuitry.
  • explain the principles and economic benefits of planned preventative maintenance.
  • retrieve and record accurate technical data from a computer-based system, interpret the data and prescribe the appropriate corrective action.


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
DSM119Fuel Systems 22 MREQ
DSM120Basic Electricity 42 6 MREQ
DSM121Hydraulics I 32 3 MREQ
Third SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
DSM122Hydraulics II 42 6 MREQ
DSM284Introduction to CAT Vehicles 11 MREQ
DSM287Heavy Construction Vehicle Laboratory 1 3 MREQ
HETDirected Heavy Equipment Technology Elective 3 MHET
ENL111English Composition I 33 SREQ
DSM236Heavy Equipment Machine Electronics & Diagnostic Procedures 32 3 MREQ
HIPCore Historical Perspective 3 SHIP
SSPCore Social Science Perspective 3 SSSP
ARPCore Arts Perspective 3 SARP
AAPCore Applied Arts Perspective 3 SAAP
CDPCore Global & Cultural Diversity Perspective 3 SCDP
Fourth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
DSM230Hydraulics III 63 9 MREQ
DSM277Heavy Equipment Electronic Systems 32 3 MREQ
DSM242Diesel Equipment Air Conditioning Systems 21 3 MREQ
PHS103Physics Survey 33 SREQ
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 43 3 SREQ
ENL201Technical & Professional Communication 33 SREQ


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