May 20, 2022  
2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog

Heavy Equipment Technician, A.A.S.

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The Heavy Equipment Technician program provides hands-on technical skills for the heavy equipment industry.

Program Overview

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.

Program Outcomes

  • 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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Curriculum for an Associate of Applied Science in Heavy Equipment Technician

General Education Core 15
Technical Core 45
Total Credit Hours Required 60


Program Disclaimer

This curriculum includes a list of courses required for this program of study for this calendar year.  Your Academic Plan can be found on DegreeWorks once you become a degree-seeking student. 

Note: All salary projections are based on the current position and educational needs.  BRCTC cannot guarantee that the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive.

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