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Heavy Equipment Technology

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science
College(s): Engineering Technology

Why Choose Heavy Equipment Technology?

Heavy equipment technicians keep diesel and gasoline-powered equipment moving freight, earth and people; pumping water for irrigation; drilling for oil; powering farm tractors; and generating electrical power. They not only diagnose malfunctions and repair engines, they repair and service fuel injection systems, electrical and electronic systems, hydraulic systems, brakes, steering systems and power transmission systems.

Students in the Heavy Equipment Technology program learn to use shop manuals, reference charts, diagnostic instruments and special tools to diagnose equipment malfunctions. They identify problems through measurement and observation, interpret data collected and decide on a course of action. In hands-on labs, students repair, replace or adjust components and perform preventive maintenance tasks. Knowledge and skill-development concentrations include inspection, diagnostics, repair/rebuild of all types of heavy-duty equipment and mechanical and electronic components.

Career Opportunities

Increased use of heavy equipment in the agriculture, trucking, construction and auxiliary power industries has created a widespread need for qualified heavy equipment technicians. Estimates suggest less than half of the current demand for technicians in this industry is being met, so skilled graduates are already in high demand.

Fleet maintenance, farm equipment, truck rental and construction equipment repair industries as well as independent repair shops are only some of the employers. Heavy equipment technicians also work at stationary power plants, marine engine companies and manufacturers of heavy equipment.

Graduates of the Heavy Equipment Technology program at Ferris are immediately employable by the heavy equipment industry. This program also serves as the major preparatory program for the B.S. degree in Heavy Equipment Service Engineering Technology.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-associate.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Graduation Requirements

The Heavy Equipment Technology program at Ferris leads to an associate in applied science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall. Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.

More Information

College of Engineering Technology
Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-2890
Email:

The College of Engineering Technology, Heavy Equipment Technology, AAS program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
http://www.natef.org/
The next accreditation review is scheduled for 2020.

Required Courses
Credit Hours

General Education

English 1
3
Industrial and Career Writing
3
Intermediate Algebra
3
Concepts in Physics
4
Cultural Enrichment Elective
3
Social Awareness Elective
3

Major

Trouble Shooting Strategies
2
HEQT Maintenance Fundamentals
2
HEQT Electronics Fundamentals
4
HEQT Engine Technology
4
Fluid Power Fundamentals
4
Industry Internship
4
Planned Maintenance Systems
2
Transport Refrigeration System
3
HEQT Electrical Systems
3
Diesel Fuel Systems Technology
4
HEQT Brakes-Suspension Systems
3
HEQT Power Transfer Technology
3
HEQT Auto Transmissions
4
Introduction to Welding
2
Minimum credit hours required for A.A.S. degree:
64
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