The Heavy Equipment Technician program provides hands-on technical skills for the heavy equipment industry.
Graduates of the Heavy Equipment Technician program will be able to diagnose, service, and repair electro-mechanical systems in the electrical utility, agricultural, construction, forestry, mobile recovery, and transportation industries. Students who pursue this degree should gain the knowledge to sit for certification in CAD and machining.
The Heavy Equipment Technician degree instruction involves classroom theory, live stop demonstrations, and repair of heavy equipment currently used in the industry. Making repairs on actual equipment is vital to skill development.
- Demonstrate professionalism (clean and complete uniform, on time, positive attitude, respectful).
- Identify safety equipment.
- Demonstrate the necessary skills to work safely in the industrial setting.
- Practice teambuilding and effective communication.
- Identify welding equipment, types of electrodes, types of welds, and welding positions.
- Understand the basics of metal fabrication.
- Identify and troubleshoot hydraulic motors and pumps.
- Understand basic electrical theory as it relates to power distribution.
- Understand advanced concepts and applications of fluid power technology including hydraulics and pneumatics.
- Create basic programs for CNC mills and lathes.
Heavy Equipment Technicians can see job opportunities as field service technicians, mobile heavy equipment technicians, construction equipment technicians, agricultural equipment technicians, and heavy equipment R&D technician. The average salary for students in this field is $47,690.