Accredited by AED

(Effective Fall 2015)

Students develop the knowledge and skills needed to perform preventative maintenance, diagnose malfunctions, and prescribe corrective action and repair of heavy construction equipment. Additional knowledge is gained in service, sales, and fleet management as it relates to the heavy construction equipment industry.

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.

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 ).

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 of economic benefits and planned preventative maintenance.
  • retrieve and record accurate technical data from a computer-based system, interpret the data and prescribe the appropriate corrective action.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits
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  
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
or
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Second Semester Credits
DSM154 Diesel Engine Technology 5  
DSM116 Diesel Engines Laboratory 4  
DSM120 Basic Electricity 4  
DSM121 Hydraulics I 3  
DSM119 Fuel Systems 2  
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Summer Session Credits
HEO153 Internship 2  
TOTAL CREDITS 2
Third Semester Credits
DSM122 Hydraulics II 4  
DSM284 Introduction to CAT Vehicles 1  
DSM287 Heavy Construction Vehicle Laboratory 1  
WEL100 Introduction to Welding Processes 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
PHS103 Physics Survey 3  
or
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4  
FIT204 First Aid, Responding to Emergencies 2  
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Fourth Semester Credits
DSM230 Hydraulics III 6  
DSM277 Heavy Equipment Electronic Systems 3  
DSM242 Diesel Equipment Air Conditioning Systems 2  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
or
ART Art Elective 3  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 17

Accreditation

AED Accredited by The AED Foundation.