Heavy Equipment Technology

  • Program Entrance Recommendations:

    Reading at grade level
    Algebra I or Geometry
    Problem solving/troubleshooting skills
    Ability to work independently and in a team
    Hand-eye coordination
    Mechanical aptitude

    Career Pathways

    Diesel Engine Specialist
    Field Service/Lube Technician
    Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanic
    Heavy Equipment Apprentice Technician
    Heavy Equipment Mechanic –Maintenance Repairer
    Field Service Advisor
    Mechanic Apprentice
    Service Manager
    Service Technician
    Stand-by Power Technician

  • The Heavy Equipment Technology Program is designed to provide students with the theory and hands-on skills relevant to repair fundamentals and maintenance of various types of heavy equipment found on construction sites. Specialized classroom and lab experiences are designed to provide instruction in systems and components of heavy equipment.

    Students begin with safety, tools/fasteners and preventive maintenance basics. Students also learn to inspect, repair and replace components of the suspension, steering, brake, engine, cooling, fuel, electrical/electronic, air intake and exhaust, clutches, transmissions, air conditioning systems, hydraulics/hydrostatics as well as drive lines/rear axles/final drives, and drive motors. Welding processes and safety techniques are also taught. Students will be taught computer diagnostic skills as a tool to troubleshoot electronic problems. Students may achieve certification in air conditioning and/or electronic control for newer equipment. In their final year, students also learn the safe basic operation of trucks, tractors, skid steers, backhoes, dozers and excavators.

    Graduates of this program are well prepared and find exciting careers as diesel engine specialists, heavy equipment mechanics and apprentice technicians.

    Industry Certifications:

    Section 609 Certificate for Refrigerant Recycling & Recovery
    Outdoor Power Equipment Technician Certificate
    Certified Safety Inspector,  Cat I
    Certified Safety Inspector,  Cat III
    CDL License (at reduced student rate)
    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification

    Other Program Related Links:

    Please use the Order Supplies link for the approximate costs of the Textbooks, Tools & Supplies, and Uniforms for this program.
    Industry certification testing fees - $65*

    * BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student.


College Advanced Credits